10 Jan '12, 8pm

This newly discovered viper is so endangered that conservationists are keeping its habitat secret

This newly discovered viper is so endangered that conservationists are keeping its habitat secret

This newly discovered snake species , named Matilda's Horned Viper after the discoverer's 7-year-old daughter, lives in Tanzania somewhere. Beyond that, who can say? The answer is nobody (except Matilda's dad Tim Davenport, who took the photo above, and maybe a handful of other people from the Wildlife Conservation Society), because the snake lives in an undisclosed location. The viper is so endangered that conservationists are keeping its exact habitat a secret , out of fear that it will attract trophy hunters and exotic animal poachers. It is often the case that the first few specimens of a newly discovered bush viper can be worth a high price and this can have a very damaging impact on the population, In the case of Matilda’s Horned Viper, a sudden rush to collect as many specimens as possible could actually extirpate the species in the wild. To avoid the unsustainable ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2012-01-10-top-secret-snake

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