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2 new reptiles discovered in Sumatra

2 new reptiles discovered in Sumatra

BOGOR, Indonesia — Scientists have discovered two new reptiles in the jungles of Sumatra island — home to the nation’s highest deforestation rate. Lycodon sidiki has become the seventh species endemic to the Sunda Shelf — a biogeographical term that encompasses most of Southeast Asia — in the largest family of snakes, Colubridae , according to an article in the June edition of Herpetologica . The snake can be found in the forested highlands of Takengon in Aceh province. It has rough back scales from raised ridges, a banded abdomen and no scale in front of its eyes. “This snake is non-venomous, but it mimics the characters and behaviors of venomous species as its survival technique,” said Amir Hamidy, a herpetologist from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) who was involved in the research. The scientists named the snake in honor of Irvan Sidik, one of Indonesia’s f...

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