New Indian snakeTuesday 29th August 2023
New Indian snake
Slithering near a stream in India, a “docile” creature went about its day. Scientists spotted the scaly animal and watched as it munched on frogs. Taking a closer look, they discovered it was a new species. Researchers set out to survey biodiversity in the Western Ghats region of Maharashtra, Zeeshan Mirza and Harshil Patel told McClatchy News. They started noticing that snakes in the northern area looked quite different from those in the southern area. To investigate, researchers captured six snakes from the northern area, , according to a study published Aug. 21 in the journal Taxonomy. Studying the reptiles, they discovered a new species: Sahyadriophis uttaraghati, or the Northern Sahyadri keelback snake.