The tiniest serpent

The smallest species of snake ever discovered lives on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 3, 2008

The new species is called Leptotyphlops carlae.

The new species is called Leptotyphlops carlae.

Hedges

It may look like a little worm, but a newly discovered creature has earned a spot in the record books: It is the smallest species of snake known on Earth. Blair Hedges of Pennsylvania State University in University Park found the tiny serpent on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

Snakes of the new species average just 100 millimeters long. That’s a little less than 4 inches, or about the length of a typical computer mouse. The tiny creature ...

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