New anaconda species – level 3

07-03-2024 07:00

In Ecuador’s rainforest, researchers uncovered a groundbreaking discovery: a new species of the world’s largest snake, the green anaconda.

Separated from its closest relatives for 10 million years, it maintains a striking resemblance. Dutch biologist Freek Vonk’s video showcases the enormity of these 6-meter reptiles, with specimens weighing up to 200 kilograms. Initially believed to be one species, the scientific journal Diversity recently unveiled a distinct species – the ‘northern green anaconda’. The finding sheds light on the genetic divergence between the two anaconda species, despite their identical appearance.

This discovery helps understand the ecological impacts of oil spills in the region, as anacondas serve as indicators of environmental health and potential risks to human health.

Difficult words: resemblance (similarity in appearance), enormity (very great size or importance), divergence (the situation in which two things become different).

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What potential risks to human health could be indicated by the presence or absence of anacondas in the Ecuadorian rainforest?


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