All hail the viper

The bright green pit viper you see below is Trimeresurus gumprechti, one of more than 1000 species “new to science” that the World Wildlife Federation recently claimed have been recorded over the past decade in the Mekong Delta region of South-East Asia encompasses parts of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and the Yunnan province of China. 22 new snake species alone are among this list, complementing other non-snake species such as the prehistoric Laotian rock rat (Laonastes aenigmamus) and a cyanide-producing “dragon millipede” (Desmoxytes purpurosea).

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