A Flashy Serpent
Kopstein’s Bronzeback snake, or Dendrelaphis kopsteini, is a newly discovered snake species that can grow to an impressive five feet in length. In the wild, the flashy snake lives in trees and feeds off frogs and lizards. With its bright orange, flame-like neck coloration, WWF ecologist Adam Tomasek remarked, the snake looks “like it almost slithered through a rainbow and picked up the colors” [National Geographic]. The Kopstein’s Bronzeback is an aggressive fellow with a painful bite, and when threatened it flares its neck to reveal its bright orange scales.
The scientists who discovered the snake, Gernot Vogel and Johan van Rooijen, named the snake in honor of Austrian physician and herpetologist Felix Kopstein.
Image: Gernot Vogel