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    Updated on Apr 28, 2020. Posted on Apr 27, 2020

    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.

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    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."

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    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."

    Salazar Slytherin, for those not in the know, was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the Slytherin house is named after him.

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    Zeeshan A. Mirza, who was part of the five-person team who found the new snake, told The Indian Express about their collective love for the book series, saying, "All of us are obviously very big fans."

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    He continued, "When I was growing up, J.K. Rowling was a big part of my childhood, and perhaps everyone else who has read the book. Now what better way to honor and thank her than naming the species after one of her characters?"

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    But maybe you are wondering why they didn't call the snake Nagini, after Voldemort's snake.

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    Well, they actually thought of that too! But they decided to save the name "for when, and if, we discover a new cobra species since Nagini was a cobra."

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    Here's hoping this team of Harry Potter-loving scientists discover a whole new slew of animals that they're able to name!

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