New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Tanzania

Main report: Meet Matilda's horned viper, the newest snake in the world
(The Guardian)
Other Reporting: Fox News, Mongabay, Novataxa Blog, ResearchGate
Scientific Paper:     (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Atheris matildae
Common Name: Matilda's Horned Viper
Species named for: Matilda Davenport
Categories: New Species | Reptiles
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This newly discovered¬†snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns. And it’s named after a 7-year-old girl. Matilda’s Horned Viper was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania in 2009.

This striking black-and-yellow snake is called Matilda’s horned viper, can grow to 65cm and has horn-like scales above its eyes. Photograph: Tim Davenport/AFP/Getty Image

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