A Team Of Harry Potter-Loving Scientists Just Named A New Species Of Snakes
10 points to Slytherin!
I don't know about you, but I love when pop culture references pop up in unexpected places. For example, take these scientists who also happen to love Harry Potter.
A team of five researchers discovered a new species of snakes in India's Arunachal Pradesh. Guess what they named the snakes? They're called "Salazar Slytherin."
In the etymology portion of their research findings, they explained the reference to the name like this:
"The specific epithet is a noun in apposition for J.K. Rowling’s fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s co-founder, Salazar Slytherin. He was a Parselmouth that links him to serpents. Suggested common name: Salazar’s pit viper."