Skip to comments.Pictures: New Ruby-Eyed Pit Viper Discovered (Vietnam)
Posted on 03/30/2011 10:33:51 AM PDT by Red Badger
Seen coiled around a branch in an undated picture, a new species of snake called the ruby-eyed green pit viper (Cryptelytrops rubeus) has been discovered in Southeast Asia, according to a recent study. The snake lives in forests near Ho Chi Minh City and across the low hills of southern Vietnam and eastern Cambodia's Langbian Plateau.
Scientists collected green pit vipers from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia between 1999 and 2003 and examined them in the lab, using physical characteristics and genetics to identify new species.
"We know this species from only a few specimens, and very few people in the world have seen this snake," said study co-author Anita Malhotra, a molecular ecologist at Bangor University in the U.K. "We know very little about what it does, to be honest."
Malhotra and colleagues also discovered a very similar species with striking yellow eyes (not pictured) dubbed the Cardamom Mountains green pit viper (Cryptelytrops cardamomensis), which inhabits southeastern Thailand and southwestern Cambodia. Both new species were described in the January 23 issue of the journal Zootaxa.
Photograph by Jeremy Holden
Looks like Hillary.
Obotulism is his true form.
Hope it doesn’t run for office.
With the way our American luck has been going recently, he’ll be our next president.
Please, its a beautiful creature.
Please don't. This is a stunningly beautiful creature.
How do we know if they never survived their encounter?
He is purty. I will restrict my pleasure in looking at him to pictures only.
He’s a beauty! I wish my yard snakes were this lovely to look at! They do their job though.
Being a pit viper implies that it is venomous, but the article never even mentioned that. Is it venomous? How potent is its venom? I agree with other posters in that it is a stunningly beautiful snake.
Doubt he would have survived my granmother at 96 when she killed her last “rattlesnake” in her flower beds. (she died at 98)
She did not need an explanation from some tree hugger to tell that old pioneer woman that if you see an unknown snake near the house, you killed it. (she was very good with a hoe)
Was just about to ping you. BTW, have they come up with a safe way to handle a mole viper yet?
Looks like a Democrat...
She sounded like a tough lady. I don’t blame her one bit. I admit some snakes have beautiful colors and markings.
but...I also don’t care to get aquainted with any of them.
I always go through the snake exhibit at the zoo at record speed.
I searched thru this:
And it doesn’t mention venom.............
I used to have two snakes. Very interesting animals, despite their lack of intelligence.
My ball python used to escape and hide for about 6 months at a time. We’d find him in all kinds of strange places. He hasn’t returned from his latest safari. Haven’t seen him in four years. I don’t think he’s coming back.
My boa was too big to hide, but when he would escape out the front door and slither down the street, it always caused a stir in the neighborhood.
He died of pneumonia about five years ago. I’m glad I don’t have to feed live rats to them anymore. That was heartbreaking.
So how come every time they find a snake or whatever with different colored eyes, or a spot somewhere that other snakes just like it except for that one thing we got a new species, but there is only one species to cover vikings, bushmen, and Mongolians, etc.
I imagine the rats felt crushed, too................
We are one species of three races..........
Yeah, I learned that in the 3rd grade along with oil comes from dinosaurs. Doesn’t come close to answering my question. How come it’s a new species of snake instead of a new race of snakes?
Probably took em a while to digest that information.
I don’t know. This is the viper that can strike backwards with the huge fangs.
I certainly want to deal with it.
Thanks for keepiong me in mind and if you see any posts on snakes, please ping me.
Quite crushed. And then crapped out.
We used to put them in a coffee can and roll them around to disorient them. Not sure how much it helped.
Sometimes the snakes wouldn’t eat, in which case we would remove the rat (otherwise the rat will eat the snake). Then we’d end up getting attached to the rat (very smart and likable creatures), so we could not feed that rat to our snake in good conscious. We ended up with quite a few pet rats before the population exploded exponentially. Finally had to donate them to the local pet shop.
We now just have normal pets, dogs and cats.
Here’s what I was told in college biology, kinda basic and oversimplified:
Animals are considered a different species if two specimens that do not normally mate are cross bred and do not produce viable reproductive offspring.
A mule, a cross between a horse and a donkey, is sterile and cannot produce reproductive offspring.
Dogs and wolves can produce reproductive offspring because dogs are essentially wolves of a different race.
Black, white and Asian humans obviously produce reproductive offspring, so we are a single species.......
Legend has it after the bite you’re dead before you hit the ground .... Problem is, you walk around in a daze like coma for weeks in the jungle before that happens.
I expect the amount of DNA we share would support this taxonomy. About as good as any. So to summarize, it’s the ability to have babies togeter that makes a species. I’d say your wolves and dogs example means there is some correction to do to the species taxonomy based on this rule though. Even wolves come in diffferent species: the dire wolf (Canis dirus), the gray wolf (Canis lupus) and the coyote (Canis latrans). One additional species, the domestic dog ...etc etc.
1 Stepper?, 2 Stepper?
You are correct on the taxonomy for wolves and dogs being adjusted. DNA tests have shown that the wolf and dog are the same. My Chihuahua thinks she is a wolf and acts accordingly. The domesticated dog in all its different forms have the same ancestry. I suppose that if a certain type of dog became extinct, poodles for instance, they could be recreated over generations starting with a pair of wolves..............
Unknown, but I don’t even want to know.........perhaps we could get some volunteers from death row somewhere to help us in a scientific study..................
Absolute codswallow - you seem to want to link Asians like the Chinese with Islanders like the Polynesians - despite the Chinese and all other Asians being more related to Europeans than either is to a Polynesian.
And where would you put New Guineans again?
Where would you put me?
I’m half Filipino and half Caucasian?.............
As long as it has a valid BC.
He does, but he left it in Hawaii and no one can find it.
I would rather we all be considered just people than slots on a chart. The wrapping on the outside of the box doesn’t really matter, it’s the gift on the inside that counts.................
I had a ball python that went missing for about two years. When I was packing up to move, I discovered that he'd found his way under the waterbed mattress, next to the heating pad, but never found his way out. He was essentially mummified.
That looks like Obama’s March Madness NCAA (NAACP?) brackets.
First snake species ever which was discovered because it had sent tweets.
Interesting chart. I’m surprised at the position of the Sardinians. Why aren’t Basques equally distinct from other Europeans? Or even Corsicans—is there that much difference between Sardinia and Corsica?
It must be a Sheen Snake................
Already has....hundreds of times.
But at least he died warm and happy.
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