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| Last Updated:: 30/09/2019

New snake species named after Uddhav Thackeray’s son

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new species of snake was named after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son Tejas, according to a media report. The snake, called Thackeray’s Cat Snake (Boiga thackerayi), was discovered in the northern Western Ghats, in a few localities around the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and near Koyna in Satara district.

 

 

 

 

‘Cat snakes’ are named so because the pupils of their eyes resemble those of cats, with vertical pupils. The Thackeray Cat Snake is non-venomous, nocturnal and arboreal. It mostly feeds on tree frogs. The Thackeray Cat Snake has been discovered after 125 years, with the last such snake having been found in 1894. Tejas Thackeray, who is a wildlife researcher, first identified the snake and collected crucial information about it, which he gave to other researchers, who put it down in a study. The research was published in the journal of the Bombay Natural History Society.

 

 

 

 

 

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