Scientists Discover New Snake and Name it “Ziggy Stardust”

David Bowie snake among over 150 new species discovered this year in the Mekong region

On Monday, the World Wide Fund for Nature, more commonly known as the World Wildlife Fund, published a report that revealed over 150 species that have been recently discovered in the Mekong region. The Mekong region includes Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Among the 163 species discovered includes a rainbow-headed snake Parafimbrios lao that has been nicknamed by scientists the “Ziggy Stardust” snake. This snake was discovered in Laos and reveals a new genus and as well as a new species.

Another species that has been given a pop culture-inspired nickname is a newt that was discovered in Thailand. The newt, Tylototriton anguliceps has been nicknamed the “Klingon newt” for its uncanny resemblance to the fictional humanoid species in Star Trek.