Look! Five New Snake Species Discovered in a Habitat Devastated by Mining

Gold mining put these animals at risk before we even knew they existed.

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Alejandro Arteaga


Earth is home to stunning biodiversity, and despite how frequently new animals are being discovered, it’s still estimated that only around 20 percent of species have been formally described.

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Researchers estimate that as many as 38 percent of newly discovered animals will likely come from tropical rainforests in the Americas.