A group of researchers has discovered a tenth species of the vine snake of genus Ahaetulla after a gap of more than a century.
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The Ahatetulla laudankia, the newly discovered snake, was first spotted by researchers in Simplipal Biosphere reserve of Odisha.
About Simplipal Biosphere reserve:
It comprises of the entire Simplipal sanctuary, the adjoining Nato and Satkoshia Reserve forests.
Simplipal is in the eastern end of the eartern ghats and classified in the Chhotanagpur biotic province of the Mahanadian bio-geographic region.
The prominent rivers flowing in this reserve include Budhabalanga, Kharkai river and Deo river.
Two permanent waterfalls namely Barehipani and Joranda is present within this reserve.
The elephant population of Simplipal is the major surving concentration of the Central-Indian population.
Other important fauna of this reserve include Bengal Tiger (IUCN status – endangered), Gaurs(IUCN status – Vulnerable), Fishing Cat (IUCN status -, Leopard Cat, Chousingha or four-horned antelope (IUCN status – Vulnerable).
Important tribes living in this region are Kharias,Gondhs, Santhal, Kolarian, Mundari etc.
This reserve is part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2009.
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