A new species of snake, a horned viper, was discovered in Tanzania.
It was named after the discoverer's daughter, Matilda, and when it came time to give it an official name, Matilda just stuck.
So now it's forever Matilda's Horned Viper.
The discoverer said:
"My daughter, who was 5 at the time, became fascinated by it and used to love spending time watching it and helping us look after it.
We called it Matilda's Viper at that stage … and then the name stuck."
This is one of only three new vipers that have been discovered in Africa in the past 30 years!
So it's a big deal.
They're not releasing much more specific information as to where it was discovered mainly because they don't want trophy hunting, snake killing jerks coming after them, seeing as how there are probably only a few dozen in the whole world.
The discoverer also said:
"This particular animal looks fierce and probably is venomous (though bush viper bites are not fatal).
However, it is actually very calm animal and not at all aggressive. I have handled one on a number of occasions."
A sweet, new, deadly viper named after a 7-year-old girl… sounds somewhat fitting we guess.
Though we'd have preferred Scary Murder Viper, Matilda will have to do.
[Image courtesy Jwinius/Patrick JEAN/muséum d'histoire naturelle de Nantes.]
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