New snake species discovered on amateur photographer's Instagram

‘What's even more interesting is that the exploration of your own backyard may yield still undocumented species.'

12/6/2021 1:40:00 AM

‘What's even more interesting is that the exploration of your own backyard may yield still undocumented species.'

‘What's even more interesting is that the exploration of your own backyard may yield still undocumented species.'

The new snake species was discovered in Chamba, northern India (Picture: SWNS)A new species of snake was accidentally discovered by an amateur photographer taking pictures of animals during lockdown.University graduate Virendar Bhardwaj would post photos of birds, bugs and reptiles he found in his garden in Chamba, northern India, on Instagram.

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But it was one photo of a snake he came across on a muddy road that caught the attention of herpetologists.Virendar tagged the snake as a kukri, a common group of snakes found in the region, which are named after their dagger-like fangs.Experts asked Virendar to go back and see if he could find the snake again, believing it could be unique.

The team studied the DNA of two specimens he managed to find and determined he had discovered a unique species.It was named Oligodon churahensis after the Churah Valley in Himachal Pradesh, where it was found.

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