The world’s shortest snake, the 4-inch Caribbean threadsnake that lays “a single, very long egg
Barbados Threadsnake (Leptotyphlops carlae) is a species of blind threadsnake. It is the smallest snake species currently known to exist. This member of the Leptotyphlopidae family is found on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
L. carlae was described as the snake species with the smallest adults in the world. The first scientific specimens taken by the research team were found under rocks in a forest. The snake is thought to be near the lower size limit for snakes imposed by natural selection, as young snakes need to attain a certain minimum size to find suitable food.
The average length of Leptotyphlops carlae adults is approximately 10 cm, (4 inches), with the largest specimen found to date measuring 10.4 cm (4.09 inches). The snakes are said to be “as thin as spaghetti.” The photograph above shows L. carlae on a quarter dollar, a coin with a diameter of 24.26 mm (0.955 inches).
A recent study estimates that there maybe as many as 8.8 million species on Mother Earth, but man only has discovered about a quarter of them. Who knows how many unseen species may even live in and around where we work, live and play.-seen ones could be in our own backyards.
So far, only 1.9 million species have been found. Some of the newest discoveries have been small and weird: a psychedelic frogfish, a lizard the size of a dime and even a blind hairy mini-lobster at the bottom of the ocean.
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