It’s not the size of your snake.

This guy is confident enough in his masculinity to make a career of discovering the world’s tiniest snake. And gecko. And frog. Am I sensing a theme here?

Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University, discovered L. carlae on the island of Barbados. “I turned a small rock and found it hiding underneath.”

Hedges has something of a knack for finding tiny critters. In 2001, he discovered the world’s smallest gecko. And in 1993, he was part of the team that stumbled across the world’s smallest frogB Hedges)
Hedges reckons his latest discovery could be as small as snakes get. The organs of small reptiles only leave enough room in their body cavities for them to lay single eggs. Any smaller, and the species would be unlikely to survive.

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