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Monday, August 4, 2008

The World's Tiniest Snake

S. Blair Hedges, a biologist at Penn State University in the U.S., has just discovered the world’s tiniest snake.

The tiny record holder has been identified as a new species, which is non venomous. It has been called Leptotyphlops carlae, and was found under a rock in the Caribbean island of Barbados.

Adult snakes of this species will grow to be about 10 cm / 4 inches long, and this makes them the smallest of roughly 3100 known snake species. Not much is known about this new species yet, other than that it eats termites and insect larva.

S. Blair Hedges research teams have earlier discovered other tiny species, like the world’s tiniest lizard, and the smallest frog in Cuba.

Via CNN.

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