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Worlds Smallest Snake Just Discovered

Discussion in 'The Library' started by Og_, Aug 3, 2008.

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  1. Og_

    Og_ Elite Member

  2. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Looks like a worm, lol. Cool find though.
     
  3. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Its so tiny!
     
  4. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    Very cool.
     
  5. Ashuresque

    Ashuresque Elite Member

    What a tiny lizard :eek: cute snake, too.
     
  6. Og_

    Og_ Elite Member

    It's amazing that they live off of ant larvae.
     
  7. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    I want one...:D
     
  8. kcftlaud08

    kcftlaud08 Elite Member

    How cool. So tiny. Thanks for sharing!
     
  9. Drache Dame

    Drache Dame Elite Member

    Wow that's certainly fascinating. It's amazing that they continue to survive, what with their small size and small egg capacity. I wonder if it's at all posionous?
     
  10. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Probably not. Insect eating snakes have no need for venom.
    Venom is for snakes that take down and eat larger prey. Doesn't take much to subdue an insect.
     
  11. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    Why would a tiny reptile only lay 1 egg?
    Wouldn't a tiny snake or other animals just have much much much smaller eggs so they can have more of them? There's no shortage of nearly microscopic insect species in the world for a baby snake that's the length of a grain of rice to munch on.

    That tiny carp for example.
    Maybe its eggs are the size of grains of confectioners sugar and the fry eat algae and other things that are microscopic to us.
     
  12. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    World's Smallest Snake Found In Barbados

    The world's smallest species of snake has been discovered on the Caribbean island of Barbados. The species is as thin as a spaghetti noodle and small enough to rest comfortably on a U.S. quarter.

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    Use this thread to discuss the article above. What are your thoughts about World's Smallest Snake Found In Barbados?
     
  13. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    I think she really meant is it poisonous, Not venomous, but poisonous like some frogs, or insects.

    I doubt it's poisonous, but were it, it would be the first time I've ever heard about a poisonous snake.


    As for eggs, I'd imagine there would be a rather large survival rate for one of these guys, I imagine they would be rather hard to get to when they hide, and probaly only have to ever come out of hiding for water, as it seems they would share the same environment with there prey insects.
    Since its a snake it could get into tiny crevices legged animals the same size could'nt.
    I'll be really interested to hear more about drinking habits, as I'm sure that is what puts them at the most risk.
     
  14. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Not necessarily. Many people use the term poisonous as meaning venomous.
    In my area we have a lot of poisonous snakes! Just ask anybody!
    ;)
     
  15. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: World's Smallest Snake Found In Barbados

    Interesting species of snake. Definitely would be a tough one to propagate in captivity.
    Wonder how they managed to find it. Would have been pretty tough to see.
     
  16. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: World's Smallest Snake Found In Barbados

    LOL Probably, like most of us, couldn't go past a flat rock without flipping it over!
     
  17. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    My guess would be drops of dew off rocks and low plants at night time or early morning.
    Would only need a few drops to have an amount of water the size of that snakes head.
     
  18. Og_

    Og_ Elite Member

    Re: World's Smallest Snake Found In Barbados

    It was stated directly in the article that it was found by flipping over a rock.:)
     
  19. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    LOL Yeah I know but I'm the same way about flipping rocks.
    Much to my wife's amusement!
     
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