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a new snake Species, found in Ecuador

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by leashedForLife, Mar 22, 2017.


  1. leashedForLife

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    just outside a massive petrochemical plant, recently built after the native jungle was hacked down & burned, herpetologists found 2 specimens of a new-to-science snake species.
    Given their location & the tendency of this family to be rare & very limited in geographic range, they suspect this species is critically endangered. :(
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    Many species of this terrestrial, shy, invertebrate-eating snake family are found only on one mountain, or only in a very small specific area - so this new species may not have much of a future; both specimens were male, so no chance of any captive breeding, either.


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    http://www.livescience.com/58362-snake-from-hell-discovered-in-ecuador.html
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    Ignore the headline - these are 'underground' or under cover snakes, hence the 'Hell' nomenclature, but they're not venomous, not aggressive, & certainly no threat to humans - or our pets, livestock, etc.
    In fact, the researchers found them while trying to understand how critical these species' role may be in the tropical rain forest, as this family specializes - they eat LARVAE. They may be very important in ways we don't yet know.
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    these are small, shy, terrestrial snakes who eat soft-bodied invertebrates - I suspect, but do not KNOW, they are distantly related to the salmon-bellied snake of Penna.
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    Here's a nice page of many of this family - 27 species of them live in Ecuador.
    http://www.tropicalherping.com/science/books/reptiles/colubridae.html
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    Some are huskier than the more-typical small, slim type, & a few have sturdy, tapering, lizard-like skulls - probly an adaptation for pushing thru forest duff & leaf litter, & some are even subterranean - they live in soil, rather than "on" it.
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    CORRECTION to the page cited above -

    Vine snakes & Blunt-headed snakes are Not 'HARMLESS' .
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    VINE snakes & BLUNT-heads in Ecuador, & in the USA, MANGROVE snakes, are all rear-fanged & venomous - NOT repeat, NOT a good choice as 'pets'.

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    I don't know why they lumped all these many families under 'harmless'. // The page is listed by family in alphabetical order, hence the 'ground snakes' are the first group, being related members of the family Atractus .
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    More info on rear-fanged snakes -
    http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatr...kes-fascinating-venomous-not-good-pet-choice/
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    Note that local native peoples had brains & experience enuf to legitimately fear the Twig snakes & Boomslangs, which the oh-so-knowledgeable foreign herpetologists assured everyone were not venomous - until 2 prominent herpers were killed, one by a Twig snake, one by a Boomslang. :oops: Oops.
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