BRIDGETOWN, Barbados An evolutionary biologist at Penn State University says the tiny
brown threadsnake was found beneath a rock on the eastern side of
Barbados. Blair Hedges says the Barbadian snake is the smallest of
the more than 3,100 known snake species -- so small that it can
curl up on a quarter.
Hedges is calling it Leptotyphlops carlae. It will be introduced
to the scientific world in the journal "Zootaxa" tomorrow.
Islands often host odd-sized creatures because they're usually
inhabited by a less diverse set of species than continents.
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