Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Daily News Doodle 6

Lost snake species rediscovered in Mexico

The Clarion Nightsnake was first discovered in 1936 by naturalist William Beebe. Scientists were unable to discover it for nearly 80 years until a team of researchers carried out a recent expedition to Clarion Island where they were able to identify 11 snakes matching the description of the Clarion Nightsnake.

The snake is found only on Clarion Island and DNA tests confirmed that it is genetically distinct from other snakes and it is not recognized as a full species.

80 years is a long time for a hide and seek game...

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