New snake-like lizard discovered in India
May 28, 2007
Sushil Kumar Dutta, leader of a team of researchers from NGO Vasundhra and the North Orissa University, found the 7-inch long creature in the forests of Khandadhar near Raurkela in Orissa state, about 625 miles southeast of New Delhi.
"Preliminary scientific study reveals that the lizard belongs to the genus Sepsophis," Dutta told the Associated Press. "The lizard is new to science and is an important discovery. It is not found anywhere else in the world."
The closest relatives of the newly discovered species are skinks found in Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Photo by Indian zoologist Sushil Kumar Dutta
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