NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – A new species of snake has been discovered in the Caribbean in more than 70 years, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina.
They said the harmless Silver Boa was found last July in Conception Island National Park, a remote part of the southwest Bahamas, during an expedition led by University of North Carolina biologist, Dr. Graham Reynolds.
“This is the first new boa species discovered in the Caribbean in over 70 years, and it sheds new light on the origins and extent of reptile biodiversity in the region,” he said.
“But this animal is critically endangered and already facing extinction. We estimate only a few hundreds remain.”
“The discovery of this new species is very exciting,” said BNT executive director Eric Carey.
“However, as a new species living on a single small island it is extremely vulnerable to natural threats such as hurricanes, predation by wildcats and rats, as well as changes in habitat due to invasive plants. The BNT is working with Dr Reynolds and other scientists to develop a management plan for our newest endemic reptile.”
Edited by Jesus Chan
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