Dec 19 2016

TIL: Rainbow Snakes, Horned Lizards and Other New Species' Discovered

Well this is fun. Apparently in the Mekong area there’s been new species of creatures that have been discovered. Here’s a few photos I found.

“This medium-sized lizard with dragon-like horns was discovered in the jungles of Phuket, a popular tourist destination in Thailand. The harmless beast was seen hunting insects in a tree.”

“In neighbouring Thailand, a total of 32 new species like this brightly-coloured newt were found this year.”

“A new species of snake called ‘parafimbrios lao’, discovered in LaosWWF
Scientist Alexandre Teynié and his team came across the snake which was perched on a mossy rock. “We approached with shock, bringing to mind all known species in Asia that it may resemble but there was no match,” he said.”

I found out about this on this article that reports about it:
 Rainbow snake, tiny frog among new Mekong species
Odd thing was the rainbow snake was not even on the article, so I looked over on another page and found him here:
 Rainbow ‘Ziggy Stardust’ snake among new Mekong delta discoveries

It’s not just these three new species discovered, but up to 163 new ones!

Here’s some quotes from the team that’s finding and protecting these species:

“The Greater Mekong region is a magnet for the world’s conservation scientists because of the incredible diversity of species that continue to be discovered here,” Jimmy Borah, from WWF’s Greater Mekong team said.
“They are racing against time to ensure that these newly discovered species are protected.
“The Greater Mekong region — which includes southwestern China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar — is under intense pressure from dam and road building as well as a thriving illegal wildlife trade, much of it centred around the lawless Golden Triangle area where the latter three meet.
“Many collectors are willing to pay thousands of dollars or more for the rarest, most unique and most endangered species,” Borah said. 

I just love this kind of stuff.

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