Barbados Threadsnake

Barbados Threadsnake

Barbados threadsnake

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Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Suborder
SPECIES
Tetracheilostoma carlae
Population size
Unknown
Length
10 cm

The Barbados threadsnake (Tetracheilostoma carlae ) is a species of threadsnake. It is the smallest known snake species. This member of the Leptotyphlopidae family is found only on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

No

Nocturnal

Ca

Carnivore

Te

Terrestrial

Fo

Fossorial

Ov

Oviparous

Pr

Precocial

Bu

Burrowing

No

Non-venomous

So

Solitary

No

Not a migrant

B

starts with

Ti

Tiny Animals
(collection)

Appearance

The Barbados threadsnake is the smallest known snake species in the world. It was first identified as a separate species in 2008 by S. Blair Hedges, a herpetologist from Pennsylvania State University. He named this snake in honor of his wife, Carla Ann Hass, a herpetologist who was also part of the discovery team. Barbados threadsnakes are said to be about as wide as a spaghetti noodle and are thought to be near the lower size limit for snakes, as young individuals need to attain a certain minimum size to find suitable food.

Distribution

Geography

Continents
Subcontinents
Countries
Biogeographical realms

Barbados threadsnakes are found on the Caribbean island of Barbados. They inhabit tropical dry forests.

Biome

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Barbados threadsnakes are solitary fossorial creatures adapted to burrowing. They are nocturnal and during the day usually hide under rocks. Due to their diet preferences, they are often found near ant and termite nests. The pheromones these snakes produce protect them from attack by termites.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Barbados threadsnakes are carnivores and their diets consist mostly of termite or ant larvae.

Mating Habits

FEMALE NAME
female
MALE NAME
male
BABY NAME
snakelet
web.animal_clutch_size
1 egg

Barbados threadsnakes are oviparous meaning they lay eggs to reproduce. Females lay only one large egg at a time and the emerging offspring is about half the length of the mother.

Population

Population threats

Habitat loss is the main threat to the Barbados threadsnake. Essentially, Barbados has no original forest remaining and based on the small population number of this species and its distribution apparently being restricted to eastern Barbados, the continued survival of these tiny snakes is a concern.

Population number

The IUCN Red List and other sources don’t provide the number of the Barbados threadsnake total population size. Currently, this species is classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List.

References

1. Barbados Threadsnake on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbados_threadsnake
2. Barbados Threadsnake on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/203637/115351519

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