Anyway, it turns out that the smallest snake anybody has discovered so far is the Barbados threadsnake. And this snake was only just described and named by a biologist in 2008. Maybe it took so long to find the snake because it lives in the ground in just one certain part of the island of Barbados. The scientific name for this snake is Leptotyphlops carlae, which is almost longer than the snake itself.
|Photo: Blair Hedges|
Pennsylvania State University
The biologist who first found this tiny snake was S. Blair Hedges, who is from Pennsylvania State University. He named the snake in honor of his wife, Carla, who was also part of the discovery team. The average length of Barbados threadsnakes is 4 inches (10 cm). They are blind and they burrow into the forest soil, where they eat insect larvae.
There are only a few square kilometers of forest left in Barbados because lots of people live on the island, and most of the original forest got cut down. When Mr. Hedges was talking about the Barbados threadsnake back in 2008, he said, "I think it should be considered critically endangered because of its limited habitat, apparent rarity, and ongoing threats."
This is fine with me, because I like really little snakes lots better than really big snakes!