A new snake species has been discovered in Assam in over 100 years. 

The new snake species has been discovered by a team of scientists from India, UK and USA. 

This new species of snake, discovered in Assam has a distinct bindi-like mark on the back of its neck. 

It has been named – Rhabdophis Bindi.  

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“The species is named due to its unique red marking on the back of the neck reminiscent of the red beauty spot adorning foreheads of Indian women called ‘bindi’,” a report by Hindustan Times quoted Abhijit Das of Wildlife Institute of India as saying. 

“Although majority of zoological discoveries are from northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, the discovery of ‘Rhabdophis bindi’ from Assam shows that more such undiscovered species could exist in the well-explored parts of the region,” said Das. 

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