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18th August, 2023 Environment

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  • The recently identified snake species in Peru has been designated as Tachymenoides harrisonfordi, paying tribute to the environmental activism actor Harrison Ford.


  • The snake, identified as Tachymenoides harrisonfordi, received its name from Harrison Ford, in recognition of his unwavering dedication to environmental advocacy.
  • Renowned for his iconic depiction of Indiana Jones, a character famously averse to snakes, Harrison Ford's genuine dedication to environmental conservation has merited him this honor for the newly found snake species in Peru, Tachymenoides harrisonfordi.
  • Discovered within Peru's Otishi National Park through a collaborative effort between researchers from both Peru and the United States, the snake reaches a length of approximately 16 inches upon reaching full maturity.
  • As a non-threatening species, Tachymenoides harrisonfordi stands as a poignant symbol underscoring the significance of exploring and safeguarding the planet's rich and varied biosphere.
  • This discovery brings attention to the challenges faced by reptiles, given that more than 20% of all reptile species are presently under the threat of extinction.
  • The snake named after Harrison Ford is not the first recognition of its kind; previously, a spider and an ant were also bestowed with his name.

Tachymenoides harrisonfordi

  • Characteristics: This snake displays a distinctive black underside, a vertical stripe just above its copper-hued eye, and exclusive patterns that play a pivotal role in its identification.
  • Tachymenoides harrisonfordi showcases a length of around 16 inches (40.6 centimeters) and presents a yellowish-brown hue adorned with dispersed black markings.


The identification of the Tachymenoides harrisonfordi snake species holds significant implications for the preservation of biodiversity. Coined by researchers hailing from both Peru and the United States, the revelation of this snake underscores the urgency to safeguard existing species within the context of the ongoing biodiversity crisis.


Q. With reference to India’s Biodiversity “Tachymenoides harrisonfordi” is: