There’s now an actual snake named after Harry Potter’s Salazar Slytherin

Thursday, April 23, 2020




A team of researchers from India, discovered a new species of green pit vipers and it looks like they have been reading Harry Potter. 


The Potterheads... I mean... researchers have decided to name the snake after the one and only Salazar Slytherin. 
In their research published in Zoosystematics and Evolution, the team suggests the snake should be commonly known as “Trimeresurus salazar” or  Salazar's pit viper.

Photo source: CNN

Who is Salazar Slytherin?


Well, in n JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, Slytherin was one of the founders of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Other founders included Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff.
The Trumeresurus are heavily venomous and can be found throughout East and Southeast Asia. And with the snake’s green and orange scale, it looks like it's straight out of the Slytherin emblem TBH.


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