Saturday, February 21, 2009

Smallest snake on earth ever

A snake which is our inches long has been discovered as the world's smallest serpent. The non-venomous creature, which resembles a shiny earth worm was discovered in a forest of the Caribbean island of Barbados. Scientists recognized it as a new species of thread snake, a family of unusual burrowing of snakes found in America, Africa and Asia.

US evolutionary biologists Dr. Blair Hedges who made the find, determined that it was the smallest of the 3,100 known snake species.

Given the name Leptotyphlops carlae, the snake is believed to be at or near the minimum size possible for snakes. This diminutive reptile might easily be mistaken for an earthworm.

These species of thread snakes are also known as slender snakes or worm snakes. Short and slender, thread snakes burrow in the soil and live on a diet of insect larvae.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting to read about this "four" snake. Gives me the creeps to think what the smallest venomous snake might be ?