The BBC reports the discovere of a new species of Viper Snake in Tanzania in East Africa. It is named Matilda’s horned viper Atheris matildae and has horn like scales. It is 2.1 feet long and is a colorful yellow and black. Its location is being kept secret to protect it from poachers and the illegal pet trade. It is expected to get endangered status as it habitat is only several square kilometers and has already been affected by logging and charcoal manufacturing. A small captive breeding group has already been developed.
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BBC Science: New viper snake species found
Huffington Post Matilda’s Horned Viper, New Snake Species, Discovered In Tanzania (PHOTOS)
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