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06-28-2006, 03:20 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/28/chameleon.snake.ap/index.html

Poisonous chameleon snake discovered

Wednesday, June 28, 2006; Posted: 10:38 a.m. EDT (14:38 GMT)


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Researchers scouring swamps in the heart of Borneo island have discovered a venomous species of snake that can change its skin color, the conservation group WWF announced Tuesday.

The ability to change skin color is known in some reptiles, such as the chameleon, but scientists have seen it rarely with snakes and have not yet understood this phenomenon, the group said in a statement.

"I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket," said Mark Auliya, a reptile expert and a consultant for the group. "When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white."

Reptiles typically change color to camouflage themselves from predators.

The 1.6-foot-long snake was discovered last year in wetlands and swamp forests around the Kapuas River in the Betung Kerihun National Park in the Indonesian part of Borneo island.

"The discovery of the 'chameleon' snake exposes one of nature's best-kept secrets. Its ability to change color has kept it hidden from science until now," said Bambang Supriyanto, a WWF specialist on Borneo.

Scientists named their find the Kapuas Mud Snake, and speculated it might only occur in the Kapuas River drainage system.

The WWF, the international group formerly known as World Wildlife Fund, said 361 animal and plant species have been discovered since 1996 on Borneo, underscoring its unparalleled biological diversity.

But it said that widespread logging has left Borneo with only half of its former forest cover, down from 75 percent in the mid-1980s.

Indonesia and Malaysia have territory on Borneo, which is also home to the sultanate of Brunei.

pr_capone
06-28-2006, 03:22 PM
The only picture I could find of said creature.

http://www.univers-nature.com/images/actu/serpent-cameleon.jpg

Moooo
06-28-2006, 03:22 PM
DAMNIT!!! I was supposed to find that snake!

Moooo

sedated
06-28-2006, 03:22 PM
"I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket," said Mark Auliya, a reptile expert and a consultant for the group. "When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white."


was the bucket full of white paint?

FAX
06-28-2006, 03:24 PM
The only picture I could find of said creature.

http://www.univers-nature.com/images/actu/serpent-cameleon.jpg

Remarkable! He's blending in so well, I can barely make him out in that picture.

FAX

Donger
06-28-2006, 03:24 PM
"I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket," said Mark Auliya, a reptile expert and a consultant for the group. "When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white."

Reptiles typically change color to camouflage themselves from predators

This one was apparently suicidal.

FAX
06-28-2006, 03:26 PM
... "I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket," said Mark Auliya, a reptile expert and a consultant for the group. "When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white."

Maybe he just scared the little fella.

I know that, if some reptile freak put my reddish-brown ass in a bucket, I'd probably turn white.

FAX

pr_capone
06-28-2006, 03:26 PM
This one was apparently suicidal.

Perhaps not suicidal... just confused?

pr_capone
06-28-2006, 03:27 PM
Maybe he just scared the little fella.

I know that, if some reptile freak put my reddish-brown ass in a bucket, I'd probably turn white.

FAX
ROFL

sedated
06-28-2006, 03:45 PM
WWF announced Tuesday.

Moooo
06-28-2006, 04:04 PM
Remarkable! He's blending in so well, I can barely make him out in that picture.

FAX

Here's a better picture of him, lower righthand corner...

http://3pete.o-f.com/OkinawaInfo/OkinawaPhotos/OkinawaNature/JungleVegetation.JPG

Of course, he is a chameleon snake, so you may have some problems...

Moooo

sedated
06-28-2006, 04:10 PM
Here's a better picture of him, lower righthand corner...


you seriously have no sense of humor, do you?

Moooo
06-28-2006, 04:15 PM
you seriously have no sense of humor, do you?

Its there. Not like the snake is there, but its there.

Moooo

Fish
06-28-2006, 04:36 PM
I thought once you go reddish-brown you never go back?

sedated
06-28-2006, 04:41 PM
I thought once you go reddish-brown you never go back?

different kind of snake