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The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger of extinction due to mining.
A team of biologists led by The University of Queensland's Associate Professor Bryan Fry discovered a new species of bandy-bandy snake at Weipa on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula.
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Professor Fry said the chance discovery occurred when the team was undertaking sea snake research.
"Bandy-bandy is a burrowing snake, so Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Museum and I were surprised to find it on a concrete block by the sea," Professor Fry said.
Snake - Pile - Ship
"We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble waiting to be loaded onto a ship.
"On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually and genetically distinct from those found on the Australian East coast and parts of the interior."
Team - Specimen - Habitat - Weipa - Car
The team found another specimen in its natural habitat near Weipa, and another killed by a car close to the mine.
Two more specimens were...
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