New snake species discovery in India

This 20 April 2020 video from India says about itself:

A new species of green pit viper has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh recently which was named Trimeresurus salazar.

It has been collected from the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Pakke-Kessang district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Trimeresurus Salazar – Green pit viper

Green pit viper is a common name for several venomous snakes and may refer to:

Trimeresurus albolabris (native to southeastern Asia from India to China and Indonesia)
Trimeresurus macrops (native to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam)
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (endemic to Sri Lanka)
And, now, newly discovered Trimeresurus salazar (Arunachal Pradesh)

Salazar’s pit viper belongs to the genus Trimeresurus (Lacépède).

They are morphologically and ecologically diverse species.

They are distinguished by their heat-sensing pit organs between the eye and the nostril.

IUCN status of Trimeresurus salazar: yet to be known.

By Josephine Harvey, 22 April 2020:

Newly Discovered Snake Gets A Fitting ‘Harry Potter’ Moniker

There are now more of Salazar Slytherin’s snakes out in the world.

They’re not quite Basilisks, but there are now more of Salazar Slytherin’s snakes out in the world.

A team of scientists in India named a new species of green pit vipers Trimeresurus salazar, after the character in J.K Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. The findings were published last week in the Zoosystematics and Evolution journal.

The study’s authors explained that the name came from the “co-founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the founder of the House of Slytherin – Salazar Slytherin.”

“He was a Parselmouth that links him to serpents,” they said and suggested that the snake be commonly known as “Salazar’s pit viper.”

For anyone needing a “Harry Potter” refresher, Salazar Slytherin was one of four founding members of the wizarding school. He was known for his rare ability to speak to snakes ― called “Parselmouth”.

In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, a Basilisk ― a giant, venomous serpent left beneath Hogwarts for hundreds of years by Slytherin ― terrorized students. Those who looked the creature directly in the eye would be killed; an indirect look would render the victims petrified.

Salazar’s pit viper was discovered during an expedition to the Himalayan biodiversity hotspot in India’s northern Arunachal Pradesh region. The scientists noted that the snake has a unique stripe ― orange to red in color ― on the body of males.

The snakes, like others in the Trimeresurus genus, are venomous. While it’s best to keep your distance, you can probably get away with looking them in the eye.

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