Tanzania Snake, Matilda’s Horned Viper Named After A 7-Year-Old Girl (Photo)

By on Jan 12, 2012 in Africa, Animals, Science, World Comments

A new snake species named Matilda’s Horned Viper (Atheris matildae), was found in Tanzania, international news sites reported on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

According to reports, the snake, as shown below, is a black-and-yellow viper with spiky horns and green eyes. It is named Matilda’s Horned Viper in honor of the 7-year-old daughter of Tim Davenport, one in the three-person team that discovered the snake in a forest in southwest Tanzania.


Matilda's Horned Viper
Matilda’s Horned Viper
Credit: Tim Davenport / WCS

The snake was discovered 2 years ago, but Wildlife Conservation Society only announced it today in an issue of the journal Zootaxa.

“My daughter, who was five at the time, became fascinated by it and used to love spending time watching it and helping us look after it,” Davenport was quoted as saying.

“We called it Matilda’s Viper at that stage… and then the name stuck.”

The exact location of where the snake was found was not revealed by WCS to protect it from hunters, reports said.



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