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The Discovery of Rhynchocalamus hejazicus in AlUla

The Discovery of Rhynchocalamus hejazicus in AlUla

Researchers have revealed a major ecological discovery in the ancient oasis of AlUla, found in northwest Saudi Arabia. They identified a new snake species, Rhynchocalamus hejazicus. This finding highlights the diverse wildlife in this historic area, solidifying its reputation as a hub of natural marvels.


The Discovery of Rhynchocalamus hejazicus in AlUla

The recently discovered Rhynchocalamus hejazicus, a non-venomous snake, is a vibrant reptile found mainly in Jordan, Yemen, and Oman. It boasts a striking reddish hue and distinctive black collar, perfectly adapted to the sandy and rocky terrain of the Hejaz mountains. As a nocturnal species, much remains to be learned about its behavior, yet its presence in human-inhabited areas underscores the complex dynamics between wildlife and local communities in AlUla.

 

Conservationists in the area are encouraged by this find, viewing it as a critical addition to the local ecosystem. Dr. Stephen Browne, Vice President of Wildlife and Natural Heritage, mentioned, “This discovery is not merely about cataloguing a new species. It reflects the ongoing commitment to safeguarding the lush, diverse ecosystems of AlUla. It’s a symbol of our dedication to preserving this unique oasis.”

 

AlUla is actively undertaking large-scale ecological revitalization efforts. Approximately half of the county’s land is designated as six nature reserves, notably the expansive Sharaan Nature Reserve spanning 1,500 square kilometers. These reserves house over 1,580 animals from four reintroduced species. Through strategic habitat restoration, reintroduction of native species, and sustainable practices, AlUla aims to ensure a flourishing and harmonious ecosystem.

 

This discovery is crucial for understanding how desert wildlife adapts and thrives in the region, boosting AlUla’s status as a sanctuary for both historical and natural treasures.


 


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