A new species of venomous snake discovered in Africa has been named for Metallica frontman James Hetfield.
Dr Luis Ceriaco reveals why he and his team teamed named a snake after Metallica’s singer. First, they are big fans of Metallica. Second, Dr. Ceriaco said “we think that a mysterious venomous and cool looking snake, who lives in the base of a volcano lost in the middle of the tropical forest is very relatable to heavy metal!” The new species of viper has been named “Atheris Hetfieldi”. Dr. Ceriaco also commented “Naming a new species after someone as James brings more attention to the much needed biodiversity studies and field surveys.”
-- Doug O’Brien