New Species Discovery

The Reynolds Lab has described six species of snakes from around the world, three of those species were completely new to science.

2021- Hispaniolan Vineboa

Discovered in the southeastern Dominican Republic

Landestoy T., M.A., R.G. Reynolds, and R.W. Henderson. 2021. A small new arboreal species of West Indian Boa (Boidae; Chilabothrus) from southern Hispaniola. Breviora 571: 1–20.


2020- Zug’s Odd-scaled Snake

Discovered by Aryeh Miller ’20 in remote northern Vietnam

Artwork by Sydney Sieh-Takata

Miller, A.H., H.R. Davis, D.H. Quyên, L.M. Anh, P.Q. Tiến, C.T. Pham, J. Lee, K. de Queiroz, R.G. Reynolds, T.Q. Nguyen. 2020. Discovery of a new species of enigmatic odd-scaled snake (Serpentes: Xenodermidae: Achalinus) from Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Copeia 108: 796-808.


2018- Crooked-Acklins Boa

Crooked-Acklins Bank, Bahamas

Elevated from a subspecies, first photos of live, wild specimens.

Reynolds, R.G., A.R. Puente-Rolón, J.P. Burgess, and B.O. Baker. 2018. Rediscovery and a redescription of the Crooked-Acklins Boa, Chilabothrus schwartzi (Buden, 1975), new comb. Breviora 558: 1–16.


2016- Conception Island Silver Boa

Discovered in the Bahamas on an uninhabited island

Artwork by Shannon Bodeau ’20

Reynolds, R.G., A.R. Puente-Rolón, K.J. Aviles-Rodriguez, A.J. Geneva, and N.C. Herrmann. 2016. Discovery of a remarkable new boa from the Conception Island Bank, Bahamas. Breviora 549: 1–19.


2015- Virgin Islands Treeboa

Elevated from a subspecies

Reynolds, R.G., A.R. Puente-Rolón, R. Platenberg, R.K. Tyler, P.J. Tolson, and L.J. Revell. 2015. Large divergence and low diversity suggest genetically informed conservation strategies for the endangered Virgin Islands boa (Chilabothrus monensis). Global Ecology and Conservation 3: 487–502.


2013- Bahamas Boa

Elevated from a subspecies

Reynolds, R.G., M.L. Niemiller, S.B. Hedges, A. Dornburg, A.R. Puente-Rolón, and L.J. Revell. 2013. Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of West Indian boid snakes (Chilabothrus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 461–470.