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Masquerade, deadly snake discovered and named after shapely Chinese goddess



A deadly news snake has been discovered after spending decades disguising itself as a much less dangerous species, according to researchers – who named the snake after a shape-shifting snake goddess from a Chinese folk tale.

The new species is a type of krait snake found in southwestern China and northern Myanmar and had previously been categorized as the multi-banded krait (Bungarus multicinctus). However, morphological and genetic differences as well as a particularly painful and deadly bite were enough to classify this reptile as its own species.


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