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Newly found snake named after Harrison Ford

Words by Tess Becker

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

The actor known for playing Han Solo and Indiana Jones recently had the honor of a snake being named after him. 

The snake, named Tachymenoides harrisonfordi, lives high in the Andes Mountains and is harmless to humans and mostly lives off of frogs and lizards. The journey to find the animal was treacherous according to the researchers, where they even faced a run-in with drug traffickers. 

“Wouldn’t this be cool to dedicate this new species to Harrison Ford? And also funny because of the hate his character ‘Indiana Jones’ (has for snakes)?” said Dr. Edgar Lehr, the lead author of a scientific paper describing the snake species. 

The Otishi National Park, where the snake is located, is within Peru’s Junín and Cusco regions, both of which are currently deemed unsafe for travelers by the US Department of State.

Despite the dangers, the research team was able to make out with information about the previously unknown species. 

Ford is a devoted conservationist and serves as vice chair of the nonprofit Conservation International’s board of directors.

“This is very important (work), because we can only protect what is known,” Lehr said of documenting species new to scientists.

Charity check-in

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This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.

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