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A Species of Snake Discovered in India Has Been Named After a Character in Harry Potter Series. Can You Guess the Name?

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Scientists in India have discovered a new species of snake – and named it after a notorious Harry Potter character. And if you’re wondering if it’s Voldemort, let us save you the trouble. It isn’t!

The new specie of snakes has been given the name Trimeresurus Salazar, a tribute to Salazar Slytherin from JK Rowling’s extremely popular book series, Harry Potter. In the book, Slytherin is one of the co-founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – along with Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw. He is also the founder of the House of Slytherin. For all the Potter Heads, it’s easy to remember that the character in the book has the ability to talk to snakes and has a serpent on the crest of his House, so we think it’s a fitting name for this newly found snake species!

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Researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Bombay Natural History Society discovered the snake, which will be known as Salazar’s pit viper, in Arunachal Pradesh in India. The new green pit viper is said differ from other types of its species because of a “unique orange to reddish stripe, present on the head and body in males.” Pit vipers are venomous and commonly found throughout Asia and are “morphologically cryptic, which makes it difficult to distinguish them in the field,” according to Dr Zeeshan Mirza, lead researcher from the National Centre for Biological Science of Bangalore, India. There are at least 48 known species of pit viper, with 15 of them found in India.

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Is this the first time an animal has been named after a character from Harry Potter? NO.

In 2017 a newly discovered wasp was named Lusius malfoyi, after the villainous Lucius Malfoy; scientists named a new spider species the Eriovixia gryffindori because of its uncanny resemblance to the sorting hat owned by Godric Gryffindor; while a new type of wolf spider was named Lycosa Aragogi after the spider Aragog, owned by Hagrid.

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