Aug 15, 2023

Harrison Ford has a new Peruvian snake species named after him

Harrison Ford's legendary Indiana Jones character may fear snakes, but the actor now has a real reptile named after him. A new found species of snake in Peru has been named Tachymenoides harrisonfordi to honour the actor's environmental advocacy. "These scientists keep naming critters after me, but it's always the ones that terrify children," Ford told Conservation International. "For a biologist, describing a new species and making it public with its new name is one of the most vital activities during the biodiversity crisis," said Edgar Lehr, the lead scientist on the project. It was in 1993 that a new species was first named after Ford - the Calponia harrisonfordi, which is a California spider.

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