A shadow snake has been rediscovered in Ecuador after 54 years


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The head of a Fugler’s shadow snake, which was found in Ecuador

Scott J. Trageser, The Biodiversity Group

After a long hiatus, a mysterious reptile has slithered back into the light. Researchers working in Ecuador’s tropical rainforests report that Fugler’s shadow snake (Emmochliophis fugleri) has been found alive after more than five decades of absence from the scientific record.

In 2019, Ross Maynard and Scott Trageser, both conservation biologists at The Biodiversity Group in Arizona, were conducting amphibian and reptile surveys in the Río Manduriacu Reserve on the Pacific-facing slopes of Ecuador’s Andes Mountains. The two researchers …

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