This is a newly discovered species of cat-eyed snake in Madagascar also known as Madagascarophis lolo.

This serpent has been determined through recent DNA analysis to be a new species of snake.

The snake is a member of the genus Madagascarophis, a group sometimes referred to as “cat-eyed snakes” for their vertical pupils.

The snake was found in a protect park in central Madagascar. It is unclear how many members of this population live here, but the snake is thought to not be endangered.

The snake has been nicknamed the ‘Ghost Snake’ because none of the other snakes in Madagascarophis are as pale, “and none of them have this distinct pattern,” according to Sara Ruane, post-doctoral researcher at the LSU Museum of Natural Science and lead author of the paper. H/t

Learn more about how the researchers discovered the snake in the video below…