New snake species discovered and named after Hogwarts founder

Hogwarts founder Salazar Slytherin has been honoured by researchers who have named a new species after him.

A team of researchers in India decided to name the snake after The Slytherin house founder after discovering a new species of green pit vipers.

Their findings were published this month in the journal Zoosystematics and Evolution.

Salazar Slytherin was one of the original founders of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Helga Hufflepuff. Slytherin was known for picking his students for their cunning and resourcefulness, as well as their pure wizard blood and determination.

Slytherin, of course, is also known for his ability to talk to snakes- using parseltongue- and the snake is the symbol of the Slytherin Hogwarts house. Researchers chose the name Trimeresurus salazar for the newly discovered slithering friend.

In the research, the team suggests the snake commonly be known as Salazar’s pit viper.

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