New species of horned snakes are found in regions of Tanzania. Type of snake that was found named Atheris matildae. Tim Davenport, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the team through the expedition to the region.
Atheris matildae known to be close relatives of Atheris cerathopora, horned serpents and venomous species which are found in the woods. Scientists predict that the horned snake Matilda separated into a new species since 2.2 million years ago.
One of the horned snake in the forests is larger in size, about 64.3 cm. Another difference is the different colors, yellow and black alloys, and the style of typical scales in the head.
Davenport said, Atheris matildae habitat is very limited, only an area of 100 square km and has been degraded. Davenport said that the species should be included in the category of “Endangered” in the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Found in Tanzania, the specific location of the discovery of this snake species remain confidential. This is assembled with the magnitude of the threat to the survival of the species. Snakes with eksotismenya often hunted for their skin or used as pets.
“Global wildlife trade is enormous, and the significance of the illegal trade in amphibians and reptiles are wild, to pets. Snakes are very popular and growing interest in new types of snakes that high, “said Davenport sperti quoted Mongabay, Thursday (12/15/2011).
To maintain the continuity of the horned snake species Matilda, now scientists are taking 4 males, 5 females and 2 pups from Atheris matildae to bred. The effort is expected to be a guarantee of the existence of horned snakes.
“We plan to provide the first dozen snakes for free in order to give supply to the captive market of this new species. The goal is to prevent the collection of wild catches, lower prices and encourage responsible breeding by experts from various countries who most want it, “said Davenport.