NEW SNAKE SPECIES FOUND IN ARUNACHAL
Context: Researchers have discovered a new species of non-venomous burrowing snake in Arunachal Pradesh.
- It is named Trachischium apteii.
- It was found under fallen logs inside a thickly forested area of the Tally Valley Wildlife Sanctuary near the town of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh during a field expedition by researchers in July 2019.
- Experts suggest that due to the burrowing habits of species of this genus, snakes belonging to the group are seldom seen and hence remain poorly studied.
- Morphologically, the snake is distinguished by smooth and dorsal scales arranged in15 rows throughout the body.
- The dorsal colour of the holotype is dark brown to black with faint dorsal longitudinal lines.
- Large-sized members of the genus measure about 293 mm to 299 mm.
Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
- It is awildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Arunachal Pradeshas a whole contains 40% of the floral and faunal species in India.
- The Ziro valley has a good share of this biodiversity; the sanctuary is located 30 kilometers from the town ofZiro.
- At the altitude of 2400 meters, Talley is a plateau with dense forest of silver fir trees, pine clad plateau of beautiful grandeur, and a vast wasteland.
- The area has some of the most important endangered species including the clouded leopard
Forests across northeast India have not been well-explored for their biodiversity, especially reptiles, amphibians and most invertebrate groups
Anthropogenic pressures like road widening, construction of dams and hydropower plants threaten the forest and biodiversity across Arunachal Pradesh.