Friday, July 07, 2006

Why was I not told about the color-changing snake?

Snake displays changing colours:
Researchers from Germany and the US discovered the water snake's chameleon-like behaviour by accident when they put it into a dark bucket.
The snake is from Borneo, and its discovery was announced on June 26. Enhydris gyii was found in a park in Indonesian Borneo by researchers from the Field Museum and the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig.

When the researchers put the snake in a dark bucket for a few minutes, it shifted from a reddish-brown to white.

The forests of Borneo are among the world's most threatened habitats. Only a third of the island's lowland forest and bogs remain, and illegal logging in many national parks is a major problem. Who knows how many other new unexpected lessons about life are disappearing before the world has a chance to enjoy them.