Reuters (through Yahoo News) reports the discovery of a color-changing snake in the Borneo rainforest. The venomous snake represents an unknown species, and was found by biologists working with the WWF. The ability of reptiles to manipulate their skin pigmentation has been documented before, but is extremely rare in snakes.
“I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket,” said Mark Auliya, a reptile expert and a consultant for the group. “When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white.”
(It puts the snake in the basket. It does this whenever it’s told…..)
Seriously though, WWF has said that 361 new animal and plant species have been discovered since 1996 on Borneo, which is amazing. For more on Borneo, including pictures, check out this post.