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Meet Salazar’s pit viper – a new snake species named after the parseltongue wizard

The study, published in the journal Zoosytematics and Evolution, describes the new species of green pit viper, now called Trimeresurus salazar. The discovery is the result of an ecological expedition looking for arachnids and reptiles across Arunachal Pradesh. The team consisted of ecologists and herpetologists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai, Abasaheb Garware College and Fergusson College, Pune, and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Gujarat.