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Hanuman Snake, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 1981

Photo: Hanuman Snake

Only a foot long and a beautiful emerald green the Hanuman snake is extremely poisonous, often deadly. It is named for the fearless, super-agile leader of the benevolent army of monkeys—"It jumps, it flies, it is skillful like Hanuman in battle."

(Text adapted from and photograph from "The Temples of Angkor: Will They Survive?," May 1982, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Wilbur E. Garrett

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