Venomous viper species have such strong bites that they can make a person disabled.

A new species of snake has been discovered in the United States, whose venom is so strong that it can make a person disabled. China.

The Gloydius lateralis snake has been discovered in the Zharu Valley in the Jiuzhaigou National Reserve, a World Heritage Site in China’s Sichuan province.

Researchers say it feeds on small mammals such as mice and is “active on sunny days along roadsides in a hot, dry valley.”

This species had a small body of about 18 inches, large eyes, dark green or brown in color with four rows of zigzag dark brown spots.

A continuous gray-brown stripe runs down each side of the snake’s body and tail, which is why it was called “lateral” (referring to “lateral”).

The snake feeds on small mammals such as mice and is “active on sunny days by the side of the road in a hot, dry valley”.

Researchers say a new Chinese snake species, Gloydius lateralis, has a venom so strong that it can disable a person.

Researchers say a new Chinese snake species, Gloydius lateralis, has a venom so strong that it can disable a person.

JIUZHAIGOU NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, is located in the transition zone from the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the Sichuan Basin in Sichuan Province, China, and covers an area of ​​651 km2.

The reserve is covered with well-preserved primeval forests and numerous alpine lakes.

Beautiful and scenic, it is home to some rare animals such as the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) and the golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana).

When asked if the snake poses a threat to humans, Dr. Shengchao Shi, one of the members of the group that documented the new species, highlighted the effectiveness of its venom.

He said: “Gloydius lateralis is poisonous. To the best of our knowledge, all species of the genus Gloydius.

“I don’t think his bite is soft. Gloydius bites are accompanied by severe pain and can be disabling if not treated promptly.

“Their venom contains blood poison and can cause swelling, but in most cases they are not lethal.

“The effect of this species’ venom still needs further study.”

Experts were conducting research in the Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve when they collected several specimens of Gloydius, a genus of venomous vipers endemic to Asia, in the Zharu Valley.

Gloydius is a genus of the subfamily Crotalinae that places them alongside species such as the infamous rattlesnakes and copperheads.

After conducting morphological and phylogenetic analyzes, scientists found that these specimens actually belonged to an as yet undescribed species.

Dr. Jingsong Shi, another scientist involved in writing the article, added that the snake was similar to the well-known species, Gloydius swild, but with a few key differences.

Gloydius lateralis is active on sunny days on roadsides, which poses a risk of collision with cars.

Gloydius lateralis is active on sunny days on roadsides, which poses a risk of collision with cars.

He said: “It is distinguished by large eyes (relative to the head) and a continuous, regular brown stripe on each dorsolateral side of the body. “So we named it after its unique color pattern, Gloydius lateralis.”

Jiuzhaigou National Park, where G. lateralis was discovered, is already home to some rare animals, including the giant panda and the golden snub-nosed monkey.

But despite the new discovery, there is no diverse snake population here, perhaps due to the harsh alpine environment.

The Gloydius lateralis snake has been discovered in the Zharu Valley in the Jiuzhaigou National Reserve, a World Heritage Site in China's Sichuan province.  The photo shows a lush landscape in the reserve

The Gloydius lateralis snake has been discovered in the Zharu Valley in the Jiuzhaigou National Reserve, a World Heritage Site in China’s Sichuan province. The photo shows a lush landscape in the reserve

The national park where the snake was discovered receives millions of visitors every year. And the only known habitat of the new species, the Zhara Valley, is now being developed for tourism.

“Walkways have been built in the region for tourists, but some people are still at risk of leaving the footpaths,” the researchers say.

“Thus, warning signs are still needed to remind visitors to beware of the venomous viper, as this and another species of viper, Protobothrops jerdonii, are often found in grass or bushes on both sides of roads.”

The snakes’ need for thermoregulation makes them more prone to collisions with vehicles, which is why the research team highlights the need to remind drivers to slow down to avoid killing them.

The new study has been published in an open access scientific journal. zookeys.

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