Nujiang pit viper (Gloydius lipipengi sp. nov)

The Nujiang pit viper (Gloydius lipipengi), a new species

Shi et al.

If you picture the habitats frequented by venomous snakes, it is tempting to conjure up a searing desert or humid rainforest. But some venomous snakes thrive in frigid, mountainous regions inhospitable to most reptiles – and two new venomous snake species that live on the Tibetan plateau have just been described.

The two new species are Asian pit vipers (Gloydius), a group of venomous snakes related to rattlesnakes and lanceheads. With about two dozen species found mostly in China and Russia, they …



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