. 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. . 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. . http://www.livescience.com/58362-snake-from-hell-discovered-in-ecuador.html . . 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. . .