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