A very beautiful snake has recently been discovered in Paraguay, South America. According to a study published in the journal Zoosystematics and Evolution, the reptile has been described as a non-toxic member of the genus Fallotris. It has so far been detected in only two places in the landlocked South American Republic.
Scientists have named the newly discovered snake “Faloris Shawnella” after two children, Sean Ariel Fernandez and Ella Bethany Atkinson, who are credited with encouraging nonprofits to fight for endangered wildlife in Paraguay.
The snake is considered a fossil species, meaning it spends most of its time digging and hunting under the soil surface in its environment. It has a red head in a combination of yellow bands around the neck, followed by black lateral bands and orange spots with black spots on the abdomen.
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The authors of the paper believe that the reptile is endangered because only three separate snakes have been found so far and only two in the province of San Pedro in eastern Paraguay. It is found in the Laguna Blanca – a tourist destination – and Colonia Valendam. Of the three snakes, only one was caught for study, the other two escaped.
According to Newsweek, The author says that the recent discovery “reaffirms the need to protect the natural environment in this region of Paraguay”. They added that the Laguna Blanca was designated as a nature reserve for 5 years, but at present, it has no protection. “The preservation of this site should be considered a national priority for conservation,” they said.
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The authors also point out that the Fallotris genus features at least 15 species of snakes distributed in the vast Serrado Savannah eco-region, stretching from Brazil to Paraguay. Note that the Serrado region is known for its sandy soils and the area is being rapidly developed for agriculture and cattle breeding, endangering the natural environment.