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Meet Matilda's horned viper, the newest snake in the world

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  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Snake discovered in Tanzania two years ago has been named after seven-year-old girl

    • Associated Press
    • guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 January 2012 11.23 EST

    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 Images

    The world's newest snake species has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns – and it's named after a seven-year-old girl.

    Matilda's horned viper was discovered in a small patch of south-westTanzania about two years ago. In December, it was introduced as the world's newest known snake species in an issue of the Zootaxa journal.

    Tim Davenport, the director of the
    Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Tanzania, was on the three-person team that discovered the viper and, thanks to his daughter, it will always have a family namesake.

    "My daughter, who was five at the time, became fascinated by it and used to love spending time watching it and helping us look after it," Davenport said on Wednesday. "We called it Matilda's viper at that stage … and then the name stuck."

    Only three new vipers have been discovered across
    Africa in the past three decades. To avoid the attention of trophy hunters, the WCS is not revealing the snake's location.

    Davenport said he is not sure how many of the vipers live in the wild because snake counts are tricky. Twelve live in captivity, and a breeding plan is being carried out.

    He said that, while many people fear snakes, most are harmless and help keep rodent numbers down.

    Matilda's horned viper can grow to 65cm or bigger, he said, adding: "This particular animal looks fierce and probably is venomous," Davenport, a Briton who has lived in Tanzania for 12 years, told the Associated Press. "However, it is actually a very calm animal and not at all aggressive. I have handled one on a number of occasions."

    The WCS runs the Bronx and Central Park zoos in New York, and Davenport said it would be a "great option" to showcase the new horned viper at one of those locations. However, he added that nothing had yet been decided.

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    OK, We are going to be the best in Tourism as well... just find a new Snake Species in Tanzania and more to come...

    We are blessed Country what we really need is best leadership; we need to retire the whole CCM leadership
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    The blessed one is the white guy who 'discovered' the snake and named it after his daughter and he won't even tell you which corner of your country it is found. In other words it has been privatized. They are still discovering us and we are very happy about it.
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    Kwani lazima wampe jina la kizungu, si wangempa hata jina la mahali alipopatikana huyu nyoka? wazungu bwana mmezidi kutudharau
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    Kamgundua mzungu huyo haaaa mababu wetu sijui hawajawahi muona khaaa
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    Matilda ni Mtoto wa Kijijini sio Mtoto wa huyo Mvumbuzi