One more point to Slytherin!
If you’re a Harry Potter fan and also a researcher of snakes, the chances are you will be allowed in the House of Slytherin.
No surprises here then that when Harry Potter books lovers discovered a new species of snake, they named him after Salazar Slytherin.
A new green pit viper species discovered in a Himalayan biodiversity hotspot was named Trimeresurus Salazar, or the Salazar’s pit viper, by researcher Zeeshan A Mirza and his colleagues.
The Salazar’s pit viper was found in the northeasternmost state of India, Arunachal Pradesh, which has been home to many new discoveries of plants and animals in recent decades.
The snake, which is green, nocturnal and has a unique reddish-to-orange stripe present on the head and body of males, was discovered during a herpetological expedition in India, on the Himalayas, during the summer of 2019.
In the Harry Potter novels, Salazar Slytherin is described as a Parselmouth, or one who can speak Parseltongue, the language of snakes. He is a co-founder of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and founder of the House of Slytherin, which is associated with the color green.
Each Hogwarts House is linked to a different element: despite their green emblem, Slytherin is actually connected to water. Snakes have long been associated with water, and have a fluidity and flexibility that recalls water’s amorphous form.