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A new species of non-venomous aquatic snake Aquatic Rhabdops discovered Western Ghats

 

 

A new species of non-venomous aquatic snake Aquatic Rhabdops discovered the Western Ghats

A new species of non-venomous aquatic snake has discovered and described as new species from the northern Western Ghats in Maharashtra, Goa and North Karnataka.

The non-venomous aquatic snake named Aquatic Rhabdops has been misidentified since 1863.

The discovery regarding aquatic “Rhabdops snake” recently published in journal Zootaxa.

Earlier, It was considered as a variant of Olive Forest Snake, first described in 1863.

Aquatic Rhabdops different colors and patterns, features of size, shape, and structure, and genetic make-up

* Aquatic Rhabdops snakes belong to genus Rhabdops which are endemic to India.

* The aquatic snake has been named after its aquatic nature since the adults are mostly associated with freshwater forest streams and juveniles are seen in water-logged areas.

* The three-foot-long nocturnal snake hunts for prey underwater.

* Adults of the Aquatic Rhabdops have off-white bellies and black spots on their olive brown skin, juveniles are olive green, with yellow undersides.

* This color difference in life stages could possibly be due to the different local habitats.


 

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