New Pit Viper Found—One of World's Smallest
Forest-dwelling snake was a "surprise gift," scientists say.
The new snake, Protobothrops maolanensis, was an unexpected "surprise gift for us," study leader Jian-Huan Yang said in an email. (See snake pictures.)
Yang and colleagues found the species during a recent survey of forests in Maolan National Nature Reserve in Guizhou, China (see map). At a maximum length of about 2.6 feet (0.7 meter), the new pit viper is the smallest known so far in the country.
Though the grayish brown species easily blends into its habitat, the ground-dwelling species ended up being the most common snake found during the research, noted Yang, of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou.
Scientists have found two other new pit