A new species of green pit viper has been found in Arunachal Pradesh and it is an interesting discovery because it has links to Harry Potter! It is categorically named Salazar Slytherin, the co-founder of JK Rowlings’ fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is a bright green snake found from the forests of Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal.
The research paper gives details onto the name of this snake and its relation to Harry Potter.
The ‘etymology’ section reads, “The specific epithet is a noun in apposition for JK Rowling’s fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s co-founder, Salazar Slytherin. He was a Parselmouth that links him to serpents. Suggested common name: Salazar’s pit viper.” The discovery was made by Zeeshan A. Ayaz Mirza of Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences, Harshal S. Bhosale of Bombay Natural History Society, and four others.
This pit viper has orange to reddish stripe near its lips. It has more teeth compared to the other venomous snakes.
This new pit viper happens to be the fifth variety of reptile to have been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh in a little more than a year.
According to the research experts, the Salazar pit viper belongs to a genus of “charismatic venomous serpents with morphologically as well as ecologically diverse species.”