New type of snake discovered in Brazil

 

Experts came across the Atretochoana eiselti, which experts have dubbed the  “floppy  snake”, as they examined a hydroelectric dam on a river in the Amazon.

Six of the eyeless creatures — actually a family of “blind snake”  more  closely related to the salamander — were found living at the  bottom of the  Madeira River in Brazil’s northern state of Rondonia.

The discovery was made in November last year as a stretch of the river was  being drained, but was onlyrecently made public after the snake’s genus was  finally confirmed.

Julian Tupan, biologist for the Santo Antonio Energy company which is  building  the dam, told Brazil’s Estadao website that hardly anything is known  about  the lungless, limbless amphibians.

He said: “Of the six we collected, one died, three were released back into  the  wild and another two were kept for studies.

“Despite looking like snakes, they aren’t reptiles and are more closely  related to salamanders and frogs.

“We think the animal breathes through its skin, and probably feeds on  small  fish and worms, but there is still nothing proven.

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