A new app called Critterpedia aims to serve as a “Shazam” for snakes and spiders using a qualified algorithm to test your snaps against a list of arachnid and reptilian suspects.
Inspired by Australia ‘s rich wildlife diversity, where there are quite a few species that you’d actually want to admire from a distance, it’s hoped that the groundbreaking tool will help curious citizens and visitors alike determine whether or not a wild animal is dangerous.
“During one of her trips to Australia, my mother-in-law acted as a magnet for all of our country’s big-name snakes, spiders, and insects,” said Murray Scarce, co-founder of Critterpedia with partner Nic, in a statement.
“The questions relating to their identification and danger levels were relentless, and the fact that we didn’t have all the answers simply exacerbated the situation.”
To stop outings dominated by, “Is it venomous? “They built a forum that could easily classify a photographed animal ‘s family, genus, or species.
The novel tech works by scanning a library containing hundreds and thousands of known snake and spider images and comparing them with your picture, effectively accruing a zoologist ‘s identification skills with a lifetime experience in fieldwork.