Smaller than the Smallest Snake in the World in Puerto Princesa, Philippines?
Finding this very small snake could be a rare discovery that this author has been ignoring for many months. He saw the small snake once again, wiggling its way in the toilet unlike any worm would do. He picked it up and tried to examine it closely. It doesn’t look like an earthworm at all. It's really a snake with shiny, scaly skin.
Smallest Snake in the World
The author searched the internet looking for information on the smallest snake in the world. He did find one, a snake as small as a spaghetti named Leptotyphlops carlae discovered in Barbados by Dr. Hedges of Pennsylvania State University in 2008. According to Dr. Hedges, as reported by Scott Norris of National Geographic News, Leptotyphlops carlae is believed to be at or near the minimum size possible for thread snakes at less than 4 inches long.
Smaller than the Smallest Snake in the World?
Sparked by curiosity, the author measured the small snake and was amazed at what he discovered. The small snake is 6.7 centimeters or 2.64 inches long and is 1.5 millimeter in diameter. The snake he discovered is way smaller than Leptotyphlops carlae described as the smallest snake in the world. The one he found is probably the smallest snake in the world.
He let the small snake wiggle on bond paper and took a video to document how the small snake moves. He also took close up pictures of the small snake. Its eyes are almost indiscernible but adding up a magnifying lens to his 4 megapixel Nikon camera, he was able to get a clearer view of the small eyes. Below are pictures of probably the smallest snake in the world found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
The small snake (clockwise) at side view showing the small, black eyes, front view, top view, and in relation to a ruler in centimeters.
This confirms the previous observation that the Barbados snake could be at or near the minimum size possible for snakes. This snake species is possibly the smallest possible size that thread snakes could attain.
Food of the Smallest Snake in the World
The small snake appeared at such a time when termite swarmers were frequenting the author's place next to a forested area. The termite larvae may have been abundant during this time that caused this small snake to be more active than it previously was trying to feed on the bountiful food available to them. The food of the smallest snakes in the world are thought to be the larvae of ants and termites.