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New Vine Snake species Discovered in Odisha

A new Vine Snake species is discovered from the eastern state of Odisha after a gap of 113 years.
 New Vine Snake species Discovered in Odisha

Details:

  • Zoologists from different institutes have participated in the discovery and the research was published in the Journal of Natural History.
  • Vine snakes, called so because they closely resemble vines, are rear-fanged, venomous snakes that belong to the family Colubridae.
  • The new species, Ahaetulla Laudankia, is an arboreal, chestnut brown snake with black speckles.
  • It resembles the dried stem of a bottle gourd plant, which gives it the name 'laudankia', in Odia it translates to the same (lau-bottle gourd; danka-dry stem).
  • This snake is subtle white under its head and has a bright orange-brick red belly with whitish lines running down the length of its abdomen.
  • While the keyhole-shaped iris is black coloured, the outer sclera is usually bicoloured and matches the colour of the snake's head.
  • The new species of vine snake is endemic to India, living in the hilly forests and plains at an altitude of 80-400 meters.
  • The three specimens that the researchers collected in Odisha were from fringe forests near woodlands, full of deciduous trees.

Question:

Q. A new Vine Snake species is discovered from which state of India after a gap of 113 years?
a. Odisha
b. Bihar
c. Assam
d. West Bengal
New Vine Snake species Discovered in Odisha  New Vine Snake species Discovered in Odisha Reviewed by Neha on May 18, 2019 Rating: 5

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