Thursday, April 09, 2009

New species: Mini-viper from Vietnam

Now joining the reptile world: Protobothrops trungkhanhensis. Only 73cm long, with a small triangular head, this viper from the Trung Khanh National Park in Cao Bang is the fourth known member of its genus.
Thanks to Chad Arment for correcting the original version of this post. The news item called the reptile a rattlesnake, and I posted that without recalling that rattlers don't exist in Asia.


Chad Arment said...

They mistranslated -- pit viper, not rattlesnake. No rattlers outside the Americas.

Matt Bille said...

Right you are, Chad!