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Smallest known snake

New miniature threadsnake discovered in Barbados

7:11am, August 3, 2008
A newly named species from Barbados could be the world’s smallest kind of snake.

Adults of the new threadsnake average only 100 millimeters long (not quite 4 inches), says evolutionary biologist Blair Hedges of Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

Hedges is naming it Leptotyphlops carlae in honor of his wife, Carla Ann Hass, he says in the formal description published online in Zootaxa.

The snake’s eye-to-tail stripes, narrow head, scale pattern and some of its DNA segments mark it as a speci

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