'Extinct' Venomous Snake Rediscovered
"We were literally jumping up and down hugging," scientist says of finding the extremely rare Albany adder in South Africa.
Most people have never heard of the Albany adder—a small, venomous snake native to South Africa with a brilliantly patterned body and pointy eyebrows. The extremely rare reptile hadn't been seen in almost a decade, and scientists feared it was extinct—until now.
A team of herpetologists recently announced the discovery of a lifetime—four Albany adders, alive and well.
The expedition had set out last November to find the long-lost snake, and after a week of scouring bushes, lifting up rocks, and cautiously peeking into holes, team member Michael Adams spotted a six-inch-long female slithering across the road. (See "Pictures: New Horned Viper Found in 'Secret' Spot.")
“I don’t think we’ve hugged each other that much ever,” says Grant Smith, a