Harrison Ford’s legendary Indiana Jones character may fear snakes, but the actor now has a real reptile named after him.

A new-found species of snake in Peru has been named Tachymenoides harrisonfordi to honour the actor’s environmental advocacy.

Ford, the vice chair of the non-profit group Conservation International, called it “humbling”.

“I don’t understand. I spend my free time cross-stitching. I sing lullabies to my basil plants so that they won’t fear the night,” he said.

Unlike his daredevil archaeologist character, Ford has repeatedly said he liked snakes and “found a quick kinship with this one”.