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Lost ‘Nightsnake’ Rediscovered on Volcanic Island off Mexico

Posted on Discover.com on MAY 20, 2014 BY TIA GHOSE, LIVESCIENCE

A mysterious species of snake has been rediscovered lurking in volcanic rocks on an island off Mexico.

The elusive, nocturnal Clarion nightsnake was first discovered more than 80 years ago on Clarion Island, but was then lost to science.

“The rediscovery of the Clarion nightsnake is an incredible story of how scientists rely on historical data and museum collections to solve modern-day mysteries about biodiversity in the world we live in,” lead author Daniel Mulcahy, a researcher at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. “Proper identification is the first step toward conserving this snake, and we plan to continue monitoring this species to learn more about the role it plays in the delicate Clarion Island ecosystem.” Read more on Discover.com

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