New snake discovery in Sri Lanka

This October 2017 video says about itself:

Top 10 Poisonous Snakes In Sri Lanka

I have ordered the snakes considering about the poison, how often bitten and harm that it can do to a human.

I made this video for the purpose of educating society about the poisonous snakes and make them stop harming the non poisonous snakes by identifying them.

So in this way, 10 – Sri Lankan Green Pit Viper 9 – Hump-nosed Pit Viper 8 – Sri Lankan Coral Snake 7 – Russell Viper 6 – South Indian Saw-scaled Viper 5 – Sri Lankan Krait 4 – Common Indian Krait 3 – Indian Cobra 2 – Shaw’s Short Sea Snake 1 – Yellow-bellied Sea Snake are gradually increasing in danger.

Another video used to say about itself:

Crocodile Hunter – Island of Snakes

Feb 12, 2012

Steve Irwin travels to Sri Lanka to help laborers contend with some of the most venomous snakes in the world. And, for the first time in his life, he goes head-to-head with a man-eating Mugger crocodile.

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This video says about itself:

Thailand Blind Snake Not Poisonous. Smallest Snake in World?

These are super small snakes from Thailand. I found 2 in my restroom. They climb up through the drain from outside. I lost one of these small black snakes in the house – don’t tell “da wife”.

The name of this snake: Brahminy Blind Snake

Very common in Thailand. In just about every potted plant we have it seems like, as well as climbing up through our drains. They eat termite and ant eggs primarily. They can’t bite you – their mouths are too small. They live in the dark – inside the soil – just like a worm, but not worms.

Google “Ramphotyphlops braminus” the technical name, and check out the Wikipedia entry. Looks a lot like this one – right?

From Wildlife Extra:

New genus of snake recognised on Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a much bigger hotspot for biodiversity than previously known

March 2013. An assistant biology professor from George Washington University has discovered a new genus of the blindsnake in Sri Lanka.

Using DNA sequencing to determine its relationship to other snakes, Dr. Pyron thought the blindsnake -found right in the yard of an environmental agency office-would be a new species. Amazingly it turned out to be a complete new genus.

“When we sequenced the snake’s DNA, we discovered that it was an entirely new lineage of blindsnake,” Dr. Pyron said. “It’s still a blindsnake, but a new genus, a group of blindsnakes that had never been described.”

60 known species of snakes in Sri Lanka

Along with the discovery of the new group, Dr. Pyron and researchers confirmed the identity of 60 known species of snakes in Sri Lanka, using DNA sequencing technology on 40 of them to help researchers understand how various snakes are related to each other and their evolutionary relationship to other species around the world.

“We found that Sri Lanka has been colonized by snakes at least five times by totally different snake groups, which have each diversified heavily within the island,” said Dr. Pyron, a Robert F. Griggs Assistant Professor of Biology.

That means that even though researchers know a lot about the snakes on the island, there’s still more to be discovered-and previous research to be corrected.

Sri Lanka is a much bigger hotspot for biodiversity than previously known

“The DNA data are telling us new stories about how they are related, completely contradicting what we thought we knew,” he said. “It tells us that Sri Lanka is a much bigger hotspot for biodiversity than previously known, and harbours massive richness.”

Researchers can also use the findings to draw conclusions about evolutionary biology and species diversity more broadly.

Their findings, which appear in the March edition of the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, show just how rich snake biodiversity is on the island.

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