Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snake With Horns !


                            Have you heard about a snake with horns? Then such a new snake species - probably the second one - has been discovered in a remote place in Tanzania, Eastern Africa.

                           Its horns are just above the eyes. The snake is about 2.1 feet long, and its body is black and yellow in colour. It is named after the daughter of Tim Davenport, as Atheris matildae or Matilda’s horned viper, reported by Discovery News. Tim Davenport is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania. And he is one among the researchers who discovered the snake.


                           The newly discovered snake resembles Atheris ceratophora or Usambara bush viper, which is believed to be the only horned snake discovered before. But Atheris matildae is larger in size and has some other small differences compared to Atheris ceratophora. The researchers who discovered the snake gave their findings in a journal named Zootaxa on December 6, 2011. They believe that the snake’s horns might be protecting their eyes or might be performing various other functions.

                     Anyway, it is nice to hear that a new species has been discovered, because in this era we are mostly hearing about extinction of species…

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