Monday, June 13, 2011

Barbados Threadsnake

Leptotyphlops carlae
At a whopping 4 inches in length, the Barbados Threadsnake measures in as the tiniest snake known to man. These minuscule reptiles were first discovered in 2006 on the island of Barbados, where they are believed to be endemic.

Barbados Threadsnakes are non venomous, and they feed off or termites and termite larvae. Not much else is known about their behavior, though the first specimen was found crawling under a rock, if that helps.

The discoverer of the species, S. Blair Hedges, named the snake after his wife Carla. Interestingly, Hedges was also part of the same team that discovered the world's smallest frog and smallest lizard.

IUCN Status : Not Listed
Location : Barbados
Size : Length 4in (10cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Reptilia -- Order : Squamata
Family : Leptotyphlopidae -- Genus : Leptotyphlops -- Species : L. carlae

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