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Thursday, 7 October 2010

The World´s Smallest And Least Scary Snake

Today I decided to take a look at the world´s smallest snake, and surprisingly I came up with the amazing Barbados Thread snake (Leptotyphlops carlae), a species of blind thread snake. It is the smallest snake species currently known to exist, and was discovered about two years ago by a scientist on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

The Barbados Threadsnake is about as thin as spaghetti, and the average length of an adult is 10 cm (4 inches). The above image shows the L. carlae on a coin with a diameter of 24.26mm. “Now that’s what I call a small and least scary snake!”

This amazing creature is thought to feed primarily on ant and termite larvae. It spends the largest part of the day underground but comes to the surface when it rains. Thread snakes are oviparous, in other words, they lay eggs to reproduce. The female Barbados Threadsnake produces only one large egg at a time. The newly-hatched offspring is about half the size of the mother, which is huge compared to larger species of snakes.

Images and info: Dailymail and Wikipedia

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