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New Species Found Lurking in Mountains of Ecuador

Researchers in the Andes mountains of northwestern Ecuador have discovered a new species of coffee snake, known as Ninia guytudori, or Tudor’s coffee snake. These snakes, which can reach about 1 foot in length, have a uniformly black coloring and a white “collar” around their necks. The white band connects to the snake’s lower lip, giving it a “bridle” appearance. The snakes flatten their body and tail when threatened, giving them an appearance of being wider than normal. The new species was named after Guy Tudor, an all-around naturalist and scientific illustrator. The study was conducted by Alejandro Arteaga and Kyle Harris. Researchers also studied two other species of coffee snake in Ecuador.

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