A new species of snake has been discovered

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A New Species Of Snake Has Been Discovered

A new species of snake has been discovered in the Bahamian Archipelago by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Meet the Silver Boa, the first new species of boa found in the Caribbean since the 1940s.

Distinguished by its silver color and unique shape, the team first found the species in July 2015, then tested tissue samples which confirmed the new addition to the scientific literature.

According to a press release by the university, "This new boa species is considered critically endangered and is one of the most endangered boa species globally."

Graham Reynolds, the lead researcher, said, "We found this species on its way to extinction, and now we have the opportunity to intervene on their behalf so that doesn't happen."

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