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Pictures: New Ruby-Eyed Pit Viper Discovered (Vietnam)
National Geographic ^ | March 28, 2011 | Brian Handwerk

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: asia; nature; reptileanimals; snake; vietnam
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1 posted on 03/30/2011 10:34:01 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Looks like Hillary.


2 posted on 03/30/2011 10:35:59 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Red Badger

Obotulism is his true form.


3 posted on 03/30/2011 10:36:15 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Hope it doesn’t run for office.


4 posted on 03/30/2011 10:38:28 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

With the way our American luck has been going recently, he’ll be our next president.


5 posted on 03/30/2011 10:40:45 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

Please, its a beautiful creature.


6 posted on 03/30/2011 10:43:57 AM PDT by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Looks like Hillary.

Please don't. This is a stunningly beautiful creature.

7 posted on 03/30/2011 10:44:03 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Red Badger
"... and very few people in the world have seen this snake,"

How do we know if they never survived their encounter?

8 posted on 03/30/2011 10:44:38 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red Badger

He is purty. I will restrict my pleasure in looking at him to pictures only.


9 posted on 03/30/2011 10:46:35 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Red Badger

He’s a beauty! I wish my yard snakes were this lovely to look at! They do their job though.


10 posted on 03/30/2011 10:47:06 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: Red Badger

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.


11 posted on 03/30/2011 10:51:31 AM PDT by lafroste
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To: Red Badger

Gorgeous animal.


12 posted on 03/30/2011 10:51:37 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama -- he's as American as nasi goreng)
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To: indylindy

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)


13 posted on 03/30/2011 10:52:08 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: ZULU

Was just about to ping you. BTW, have they come up with a safe way to handle a mole viper yet?


14 posted on 03/30/2011 11:00:35 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: Red Badger

Looks like a Democrat...


15 posted on 03/30/2011 11:02:02 AM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: Texas Fossil

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.


16 posted on 03/30/2011 11:02:58 AM PDT by dforest
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To: lafroste

I searched thru this:

http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/zt02757p023.pdf

And it doesn’t mention venom.............


17 posted on 03/30/2011 11:06:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Red Badger

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.


18 posted on 03/30/2011 11:12:06 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Red Badger

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.


19 posted on 03/30/2011 11:13:35 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
That was heartbreaking.

I imagine the rats felt crushed, too................

20 posted on 03/30/2011 11:16:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: dblshot

We are one species of three races..........


21 posted on 03/30/2011 11:17:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Red Badger

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?


22 posted on 03/30/2011 11:20:49 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Red Badger

Probably took em a while to digest that information.


23 posted on 03/30/2011 11:22:04 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: spetznaz

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.


24 posted on 03/30/2011 11:26:44 AM PDT by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: Red Badger

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.


25 posted on 03/30/2011 11:29:47 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: dblshot

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.......


26 posted on 03/30/2011 11:29:58 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Red Badger
Scientists collected green pit vipers from ... Vietnam
So venomous we called them - "Oh Sh*t" snakes.
If you got bit by one you only had time to say, "Oh sh*t" ......... then died.
27 posted on 03/30/2011 11:33:28 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Red Badger

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.


28 posted on 03/30/2011 11:34:02 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: DannyTN

Already did.


29 posted on 03/30/2011 11:40:50 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: Red Badger

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.


30 posted on 03/30/2011 11:58:15 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Red Badger
Great a new kind of two step greenie.
31 posted on 03/30/2011 12:00:37 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Red Badger
After reading this, I felt like reading some more about snakes in Vietnam. Here's a story I just read. 100% Alert and Then Some!
32 posted on 03/30/2011 12:00:57 PM PDT by Daaave ( "Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends")
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To: lafroste
During the VN era soldiers called them two step greenies. After being bitten about two steps is all you got.
33 posted on 03/30/2011 12:02:16 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: Red Badger

1 Stepper?, 2 Stepper?


34 posted on 03/30/2011 12:14:15 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: dblshot

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..............


35 posted on 03/30/2011 12:27:10 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Waverunner

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..................


36 posted on 03/30/2011 12:28:35 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Red Badger

Beautiful.


37 posted on 03/30/2011 12:31:02 PM PDT by VeeP22
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To: Red Badger
Back on this “three races” thing again?

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?

38 posted on 03/30/2011 12:33:41 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: allmendream

Where would you put me?
I’m half Filipino and half Caucasian?.............


39 posted on 03/30/2011 12:47:34 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Jack Hammer

As long as it has a valid BC.


40 posted on 03/30/2011 12:53:01 PM PDT by 353FMG (The M1911 is mightier than the sword.)
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To: 353FMG

He does, but he left it in Hawaii and no one can find it.


41 posted on 03/30/2011 1:17:03 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Red Badger
If you want to divide people up into just three groups, for whatever reason, but you want to do it based upon ACTUAL DATA - the three groups would be Africans, Eurasians (All Europeans, All North Asians, all Indians and all Amerindians), and Islanders (Thai, Polynesian, etc). But that is not the grouping you still seem to prefer (even after being confronted with contrary data). No, you seem to want to lump in the Islanders with the Asians - even though the Asians are more related to Caucasians than they are to an Islander.
42 posted on 03/30/2011 1:20:38 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: allmendream

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.................


43 posted on 03/30/2011 1:33:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: Retired Greyhound
"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."

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.

44 posted on 03/30/2011 1:37:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: allmendream

That looks like Obama’s March Madness NCAA (NAACP?) brackets.


45 posted on 03/30/2011 1:38:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Red Badger

First snake species ever which was discovered because it had sent tweets.


46 posted on 03/30/2011 1:40:02 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: allmendream

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?


47 posted on 03/30/2011 1:42:35 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

It must be a Sheen Snake................


48 posted on 03/30/2011 1:48:04 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,698 threads and 63,835 replies, as of 03-29-2011......)
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To: DannyTN

Already has....hundreds of times.


49 posted on 03/30/2011 1:50:41 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I knew what I was feeling, but what was I thinking!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

But at least he died warm and happy.


50 posted on 03/30/2011 2:13:04 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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