Three new species of snake have been found and named in Ecuador. The next step? Establishing a new nature reserve!
“The discovery of these new snakes is only the first step towards a much larger conservation project,” says lead author Alejandro Arteaga.
Scientists were tipped off about the snakes’ existence by a local woman after she visited her deceased family members in a graveyard. The scientists found all three of the new snake species in and around the small graveyard in a remote southeastern forest town in Ecuador. The scientists are now working directly with the Zoological Society of the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP) in an effort to establish a nature reserve that will serve to protect the snakes.