The researchers explained that the ‘Gloydius lateralis’ measures 46 centimeters and has large eyes, in addition to the fact that the color of its body is green dark or light brown with four rows of brown zigzag patches.
A team of researchers from scientific institutions in China and Croatia discovered in the Reserve Jiuzhaigou National Natural Reserve, located in the Chinese province of Sichuan, a new species of venomous viper capable of causing paralysis body in people who bites, reported this Monday the scientific media Pensoft.
According to the study, published in the journal ZooKeys, after performing a series of morphological and phylogenetic tests on some specimens, it was determined that it was a new species of ‘Gloydius’, which is a genus of venomous snakes originating in Asia. Likewise, it was detailed that the reptile measures 46 centimeters, has large eyes and that the color of its body is dark green or light brown with four rows of brown zigzag patches.
In the words of the researcher at the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jingsong Shi, the snake was similar to the species ‘Gloydius Swild’, but that “it differs from her by having larger eyes and a continuous regular brown stripe on each dorsolateral side of the body”. Due to these characteristics, the specialist explained that he decided to name the new species as ‘Gloydius lateralis’, due to “its unique color pattern”.
“The ‘Gloydius lateralis’ is poisonous”, stressed the scientist from the Chengdu Institute of Biology (China), Shengchao Shi, who assured that “all species of the genus ‘Gloydius’ are.”
In addition, he commented that “the bites of ‘Gloydius’ are accompanied by a lot of pain and can cause physical disability if not treated in time” due to his poison. However, he indicated that “the effect of the venom of this species still needs further study”.
“The only known habitat of the new species is the Zharu Valley, and it is now under tourist development,” the researchers reiterated, adding that “at least, Therefore, warning signs are still needed to remind visitors to beware of the venomous pit viper, as it and another species of pit viper, ‘Protobothrops jerdonii ‘, often found in grass or bushes on both sides of roads”.
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