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Taxonomists have discovered a non-venomous species of snake in Mizoram – Smithophisatemporalis.

About Smithophisatemporalis:

  • It predominantly aquatic.
  • It is locally called Ruahlawmrul or rain-loving snake.In Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, this snake is commonly seen during the monsoons and frequents streams and other wet places, close to human habitation and is seen after rain showers.
  • It has been named after eminent British herpetologist, Malcom A Smith, for his contribution to Indian herpetology – Smithophisatemporalis
  • The maximum-recorded length of the species is 655 mm (approximately 2.5 feet)

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