Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Scientists have discovered the world’s first colour-changing snake.
The reptile was discovered by researchers in the heart of Borneo, the World Wildlife Fund said today.
Other reptiles such as chameleons are known for their ability to change the colour of their skin, but scientists say this is the first snake to be found with this quality.
“I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket,” explained German reptile expert Dr Mark Auliya. “When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white.”
The poisonous snake measures half a metre long and was discovered in the wetlands and swamps around the Kapaus river in the Betung Kerihun National Park, on the Indonesian part of Borneo.
Scientists have named the snake “Kapaus Mud Snake”.