A new species of snake, discovered in Peru, has been named after Harrison Ford.
The reptile, known scientifically as Tachymenoides harrisonfordi, has been so named to honour the veteran actor’s environmental work.
Ford is well known for his roles as Han Solo in Star Wars and the globetrotting archaeologist Indiana Jones, who famously hates snakes.
The actor, who is vice chair of non-profit group Conservation International, said it was “humbling”.
“In all seriousness, this discovery is humbling.
“It’s a reminder that there’s still so much to learn about our wild world — and that humans are one small part of an impossibly vast biosphere.
“On this planet, all fates are intertwined, and right now, one million species are teetering on the edge of oblivion.
“We have an existential mandate to mend our broken relationship with nature and protect the places that sustain life.”
Ford, who is reportedly a fan of snakes, unlike Indiana Jones, also has a spider – Calponia harrisonfordi – and a species of ant – Pheidole harrisonfordi – named after him.
Tachymenoides harrisonfordi is a slender snake, measuring just 16 inches when fully grown.
It is well-camouflaged but harmless to humans, with a diet consisting of lizards and frogs.
Edgar Lehr, the biologist who led the expedition that discovered the snake, said: “Discovering a new species, naming it, and introducing it to the world is a beautiful and necessary activity.
“With the name, we want to honor Harrison Ford as an actor and conservationist, and we hope to create awareness that there are remote areas in the world left where we do not know its species.
“Only species that are known can be protected.”