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Scientists discover new snake species, names it after a Harry Potter character

The new species, found in India, has an orange-reddish stripe on the side of its head!

It isn’t new to people when parents name their newborns after book or movie characters. We’ve all heard some parents name their children Katniss from Hunger Games, Tris from Divergent, or Hermione from Harry Potter.

But now, children are not the only ones named after these iconic characters! Recently, a new species of snake that was found in India has been named after an iconic Harry Potter character, Salazar Slytherin. 

The new species is called the Trimeresurus Salazar and will be commonly known as Salazar’s pit viper. The pit viper is a venomous snake commonly found in East and Southeast Asian countries. In the region, around 48 other species of Trimeresurus—the pit viper’s genus—can be found. 

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Salazar’s pit viper stands out because of the male’s orange-reddish stripe on the side of its head. The researchers who discovered the new species have recently published their findings in the Zoosystematics and Evolution journal. You may read the in-depth findings here.

Salazar Slytherin

Salazar Slytherin | Harry Potter Wiki | Fandom

But who exactly is Salazar Slytherin, and why was the new pit viper named after him? For those who aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Salazar Slytherin is one of the four founders of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The three other founders are Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Godric Gryffindor.

In the book, the school’s “houses” were named after the four founders, each with its own characteristics and emblems. For the Slytherin house, the students are said to be cunning and determined. They also have the ability to talk to snakes, and their house’s emblem is also a snake, thus making it the perfect namesake for the new pit viper.

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