- The snake species is endemic (found only in that specific region) to Northeast India.
- First known as Hebius pealii, this snake was named after Edward Peal, a British tea planter who first collected two specimens of this snake from upper Assam, 129 years ago.
- The Abor Hills is a region of Arunachal Pradesh, near the border with China.
- The hills are bordered by the Mishmi Hills and Miri Hills, and drained by the Dibang River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
Why in the news?
- The Assam keelback snake was rediscovered after 129 years in 2018 by a team from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) near a reserve forest on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
- This snake species was found when a retracing exercise of the Abor expedition happened in 2018.
- WII is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate change.
- It is scientific exploration to identify the species in abor hills conducted between 1911-1912.
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