Scientists Name Green Snake After Salazar Slytherin From The Harry Potter World

Scientists Name Green Snake After Salazar Slytherin From The Harry Potter World

Scientists have suggested that the snake, named Trimeresurus Salazar, will be commonly known as  Salazar's pit viper.

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A team of scientists from India decided to mix the scientific world with the fictional one. When they discovered a new species of green pit viper, they decided to name it after the one and only Salazar Slytherin, reports CNN. If you're a muggle (non-magic person), then you will definitely need some introduction to Harry Potter. The story, set in the magical world of Hogwarts talks about four students that are sorted into houses named after the founders of the school. Salazar Slytherin was one of the founders of the school. The other founders were Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Godric Gryffindor. 






Touted to be the most powerful and knowledgeable wizards and witches of their time, each house at Hogwarts was named after them. The Slytherin emblem is a snake, and the house colors are green and silver. That's why the researchers chose the name, Trimeresurus Salazar. The geek in me is completely overjoyed by this piece of information. I wonder what J.K. Rowling is making of this. 




The new species was discovered in Arunachal Pradesh, the northeasternmost state in India. The discovery was authored by Zeeshan Mirza from Bengaluru, Karnataka; Mr. Harshal and Mr. Mandar of Mumbai, Maharashtra; Mr. Gowande from Pune, Maharashtra; and Mr. Phansalkar from Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The place where the snake was discovered is known to be a biodiversity hotspot, which explains the diverse flora and fauna being continuously discovered there. "Future dedicated surveys conducted across northeastern India will help document biodiversity, which is under threat from numerous development activities that include road widening, agriculture, and hydro-electric projects," shared the lead researcher Dr. Zeeshan A. Mirza from National Centre for Biological Science of Bangalore, India.




The team has also suggested that the snake be commonly known as  Salazar's pit viper. The pit vipers in the genus Trimeresurus are venomous, and they are found throughout East and Southeast Asia. This particular species was found in India, but there are at least 48 total species of this genus found in the region. One of the things that makes this particular pit viper stand out, though, is the orange-reddish stripe found on the side of the head in males. 



But on Facebook, members of the Slytherin house seem to have responded. David Lara wrote: As a member of the Slytherin house I can speak for us: We are honored and humbled by the choice to further memorialize our great founder Salazar Slytherin and graciously accept the naming of this new species of snake. Thank you for this. Dennis Salazar(is he Slytherin's heir?) commented: Great, I got my name immortalized with a snake. Duyu Tabyo shared: It was discovered in my state Arunachal Pradesh, the northeastern state of India. Of course, even the most literate and educated lot from the 1.3 Billion population fail to realize India has northeastern states, as in they still do not know how India map looks like. Also, China claims Arunachal to be under their map, their rightful land. Also, Arunachalees are hopelessly patriotic towards India. Weird eh.

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