A new species of snake has been discovered in Loc Bac forest in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong , according to Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

The new species, Coluberoelaps nguyenvansangi, is named after Dr Nguyen Van Sang from the Institute of Ecology and Natural Resources who discovered the snake’s specimen while conducting a biodiversity survey of the forest.

The newly found reptile which belongs to the family of water snakes, is not poisonous, 393mm in length, has a 107mm tail and 14 teeth on its upper jaw./.