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Masquerading, deadly snake discovered and named after shape-shifting Chinese goddess – Livescience.com

The new species was once believed to be another, much less deadly snake.

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A deadly new snake
has been discovered after spending decades masquerading as a much less dangerous species, according to researchers who named the snake after a shape-shifting serpent goddess from a Chinese folktale.
The new species is a type of krait snake found in Southwest China and northern Myanmar and had previously been categorized as the many-banded krait (Bungarus multicinctus). However, morphological and genetic differences, as well as a particularly painful and deadly bite, were enough…

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