More investigations, including an analysis of a tissue sample from one of the boas, found that the snake did indeed represent a new species. The snake is the first species of boa discovered in the Caribbean since the 1940s. It is now known that there are at least a dozen West Indian boa species.
"Worldwide, new species of frogs and lizards are being discovered and described with some regularity," Robert Henderson, curator of herpetology emeritus at the Milwaukee Museum of Natural History said in a press release. "New species of snakes, however, are much rarer. Graham Reynolds and his co-authors have not only discovered and described a new species of snake, but even more remarkable, a new species of boa. That's rare, exciting, and newsworthy."
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He continued, "The beautiful Bahamian Silver Boa, already possibly critically endangered, reminds us that important discoveries are still waiting to be made, and it provides the people of the Bahamas another reason to be proud of the natural wonders of their island nation."
The researchers hope to work with organizations, such as the Bahamas National Trust, in protecting the snakes and preventing them from going extinct right after they were found ... or found us.