One of the world’s smallest snakes?

A recent outing to Cata, in the Eastern Cape SA, revealed an interesting find by Angus Kockott – a tiny (12cm) snake, which found under a rock close to a stream.

Referencing ‘A complete Guide to the Snakes of southern Africa’ by Johan Marais it would seem the specimen is of the genus Leptotyphlops (Worm or Thread snake). Without a closer inspection (as the specimen has been released) it would appear to be the Eastern Cape Worm Snake Leptotyphlops scutifrons conjunctus

Well done Angus on finding this tiny snake!

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The world’s smallest snake is believed to be a thread snake found in Barbados, called Leptotyphlops carlae.

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