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New snake species


Source: IE


Context: A newly discovered snake species has been named Tachymenoides harrisonfordi in honour of the actor Harrison Ford.

  • This recognition is due to Ford’s environmental advocacy.
  • The snake, measuring 16 inches in length, is yellowish-brown with black blotches, a black belly, and a vertical streak over its copper-coloured eye.


Harrison Ford, famous for his role as Indiana Jones, humorously remarked that scientists often name critters after him, jokingly noting that they always seem to pick creatures that terrify children.

He expressed his humility and thanked the researchers, emphasizing the importance of understanding and preserving our planet’s biodiversity.


What are Snakes?

A snake is a long, legless reptile belonging to the suborder Serpentes. Snakes are characterized by their elongated, cylindrical bodies covered in scales and their lack of limbs.

Most snakes are carnivorous, feeding on a diet of small animals such as rodents, birds, insects, and other reptiles.