leptotyphlops carlae

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Let's see some small noodles please! The big ones always seem to get all the attention.

Look closely at this tiny, tiny noodle.

This is the Barbados Threadsnake (Leptotyphlops carlae). It lives on the island of Barbados and nowhere else. A really neat thing about this species (besides the fact that it has no eyes and is completely blind) is that it’s probably the lowest size limit for an adult snake. See, herbivorous lizards can get smaller than this because they eat fruit and leaves- they can nibble at them. But a snake any smaller than this probably couldn’t efficiently take in calories. Their continued survival is a concern, since they seem to be restricted to eastern Barbados… which has no original forests left. Unfortunately, we don’t know a lot about these guys.

One thing we do know is how big they are. They top out at 3.9 inches… and the scientist who discovered this species described them being only as big around as…

wait for it…

a spaghetti noodle.

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