Scientists discover new snake species; named it after a fictional character from Harry Potter, Salazar Slytherin


Trimeresurus salazar

It seems the fictional world is now merging up with the world of science as well.

A team of scientific researchers in India discovered a new green pit viper snake species. As for the name of this new snake, they are deciding to name this snake after Salazar Slytherin. The team published their findings this month in the Zoosystematics and Evolution journal.

For those of you who are not normal and not know about Harry Potter, we are giving you a quick lesson of this world. In plain words, Salazar Slytherin happens to be among the founders of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with his other friends Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Godric Gryffindor.

They were not only the most powerful wizards and witches of their time in the fantasy world of Harry Potter, but their names also happen to be the namesakes for the 4 houses of Hogwarts.

Slytherin was known for his astounding ability to talk with snakes and the snake also is the symbol for the Hogwarts house Slytherin. This is the reason that researchers also decided on naming the new snake Trimeresurus Salazar.

In their research, these researchers suggested the snake to be known simply as Salazar’s pit viper.

The pit viper snakes are of the genus Trimeresurus which are all poisonous snakes. They are mostly found in Southeast and East Asia. As for the species, they are mainly in India but there are 48 more species of this genus that are in this region.

The main distinction of the Pit Vipers is that they have the orange-reddish stripe on the side of the heads in the males.


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