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The World Has 37 New Kinds Of Animals

From a rainbow-headed snake to an extremely furry bat.

There are so many incredible animals in the world - and now, we have even more to add to the list.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently released a report detailing 163 new species of both plants and animals that scientists have discovered in the Greater Mekong region in southeast Asia.

The report details the findings of hundreds of scientists, and includes 126 plants, 14 reptiles, 11 fish, nine amphibians and three mammals, all discovered across Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

Some of the new species include the"Ziggy Stardust" Snake, a rainbow-headed snake found in Laos ...

... the Wooly-Headed Bat, a bat with incredibly thick fur found in Vietnam ...

... the Klingon Newt, a newt with intense red and black markings found in Thailand ...

... and the Gekko Bonkowskii, a cave-dwelling gecko found in Laos.

In addition to these incredible new species, the Greater Mekong region is home to many endangered species, and the work that scientists and WWF are doing there is vitally important for protecting and conserving the region.

"If we are able to protect these vital landscapes and the biodiversity they hold, then we can ensure that generations to come will be able to make their own new discoveries and add to our collective understanding of the world around us," Alexandre Teynié, who helped discover the "Ziggy Stardust" snake, said in the report.