Scientists Discover New Species of Snake Named After Harrison Ford
Fans of the Indiana Jones film series know that the famous adventurer archaeologist has a deep fear of snakes. So imagine the surprise when scientists discovered a new species of slithering reptiles and named it in honor of Harrison Ford.
The Tachymenoides harrisonfordi is a slim, pale brownish-yellow snake with black spots, measuring about 16 inches in length. This new species was discovered by researchers in the Andes Mountains of Peru.
Interestingly, Ford’s first appearance as Professor Jones was at the Chachapoyas temple in Peru, as depicted in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981). It’s quite a coincidence considering the location of the discovery.
In addition to this snake, Harrison Ford has also had the honor of having other species named after him. The ant species Pheidole harrisonfordi and the spider species Calponia harrisonfordi were also inspired by the actor.
“These scientists keep naming creatures after me, but they always seem to be the ones that terrify children,” Ford said in an interview with IGN. “I don’t understand it. In my free time, I do sewing and sing lullabies to my basil plants so that they’re not afraid of the night.”
Unlike his character, Harrison Ford is not afraid of snakes at all. He actually finds them fascinating and is quite knowledgeable about these reptiles.
This discovery serves as a testament to the impact that Harrison Ford’s iconic character has had on pop culture and scientific naming conventions. It’s a fitting tribute to a legendary actor who has brought so much excitement and adventure to the silver screen.