Smaller than the Smallest Snake in the World in Puerto Princesa, Philippines?
Auto Beauty Business Culture Dieting DIY Events Fashion Finance Food Freelancing Gardening Health Hobbies Home Internet Jobs Law Local Media Men's Health Mobile Nutrition Parenting Pets Pregnancy Products Psychology Real Estate Relationships Science Seniors Sports Technology Travel Wellness Women's Health

Smaller than the Smallest Snake in the World in Puerto Princesa, Philippines?

The smaller than the smallest snake in the world is in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. It measures only 2.6 inches long.

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.

snake side view snake front snake cm close up snake

The small snake (clockwise) at side view showing the small, black eyes, front view, top view, and in relation to a ruler in centimeters.

See how the small snake moves below:

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.

Need an answer?
Get insightful answers from community-recommended
experts
in Science on Knoji.
Would you recommend this author as an expert in Science?
You have 0 recommendations remaining to grant today.
Comments (30)
Ranked #1 in Science

There are lots of strange creatures abundant in Palawan's wildlife that merit your attention, kabayan. I suppose there more left to be caught and identified.

wow it looks like it is made of metal in the photos.. very cool..

A spaghetti snake! Oh boy... are you sure they aren't worms? LOL lovely article

Ranked #10 in Science

Thanks deep blue, Brenda and Lisa. I have seen more than 5 of these small things before but ignored them. I will start to collect them from now on to confirm that this is the range of size adults attain. A genetic analysis like karyotyping would be best but I don't have the facilities and the skills to do it.

Ranked #10 in Science

I looked further about this small snake and came across a blog. This looks quite similar to the blind snake of Indonesia named Ramphotyphlops braminus.

hi sir! i have also seen such small creature here in Rizal,Palawan. and i always thought that it was just a little snake that would soon grow up as cobra.

Ranked #10 in Science

Yes Meloydz. There are still many things around us that we are not familiar. We just need to be observant. It's great to know you're reading articles here.

Still creepy- no matter how small! dugg!!!

shane

me and my wife saw one of those last night in our bathroom, was quite cute, my wife almost killed it on accident, san pedro, philippines

It looks like a little anaconda. Maybe I could have it someday as my pet.

Wayne

ok, the snake you found is very common in Florida, it is a Mole Snake, aka Blind Snake. and the smallest snake is based on Maximum size, and the size at the time of hatching, so sorry buddy, but you did not find the smallest snake in the world, the snake you found is a known snake.

Ranked #10 in Science

Yes, I agree Wayne. If you have read the thread, it is very similar to the blind snake Ramphotyphlops braminus which is common. I placed a question mark on the title because I'm not sure if, indeed, it is one of the smallest snake but not the smallest.

Genesis

same here, i found it also in our bathroom.

Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines

Spock

I found the same snake wiggling on th floor in my house like a sidewinder does. It was being played with my cat and my cat was about to eat it. Thankfully, i got to capture it and did the research on it, took pictures. It was also about 2 inches. I released afterward... hopefully it wouldn't had been eaten/trampled on by my dog because i put it in a plastic container that formerly had choco sticks in it...

Ranked #10 in Science

That's interesting. These small snakes play an important ecological role.

Bill

I live on Cebu and have found this little critter in my house. They are common here, and are called Udto Udto in Bisayan. I know from my friends that they are also on Leyte, and Mindanao. It is likely widely dispersed in the Philippines. The one I caught was about 3-inches long, and immediately tried to bite the tissue I picked it up with. Here on Cebu, the locals believe the snake is venomous, since many people have died after they caught one. One source I read said it might be a tiny subspecies of the Brown Snake (which is venomous), but who knows. I flushed the snake down the toilet, and I'm wondering if that was a bad idea now.

Spock

I'm really sure they're not venomous.... In My Opinion It's a bad idea flushing it down.

Davood

Hi.

I saw one of these snakes at my home 3 days ago, and kept it. I live in IRAN, Khouzestan province, Ahwaz city. would you give me more information about it?

chris f.

thats a juvenile worms snake! i have that kind of snake in our door step and now its my pet.

Wayne

Davood I don't think you can keep this little guy alive, VERY VERY hard to keep, I would let him go

Wayne

Davood I don't think you can keep this little guy alive, VERY VERY hard to keep, I would let him go

i just killed that snake last month, thinking it was a "baby" snake.

I always find these in my room and the comfort room, the way it moves does resemble a snake\'s movement. I put it under a microscope just to found out that it looked a lot like a snake. It looks like there are no further information about this. This is the only site that I saw containing this article. I would love to know what type of snake this is.

I always find these in my room and the comfort room, the way it moves does resemble a snake\'s movement. I put it under a microscope just to found out that it looked a lot like a snake. It looks like there are no further information about this. This is the only site that I saw containing this article. I would love to know what type of snake this is.

I just found the same little snake in Puerto. Hard to get pictures, he wiggles so much.As a foreigner/permanent resident, I wonder at the dislike that Filipinos display toward snakes. Sure, some are poisonous, but many are not. One in particular is the so-called rainbow snakehttp://www.istorya.net/forums/science/253198-philippine-species-endemic-fauna-philippine_soefa-10.htmlYou have to scroll down half way to see the image.Completely harmless but still, my neighbors kill them.

Just a few minutes ago I had caught one but had to let it free.

-I accidentally bumped with my left foot a small flower pot here at home (Taytay, Rizal Philippines)

-it is very common here to see those kind of small snakes (which appears like like a worm)

I saw that one here in Sarangani Province! Its very small!!
Found one too! Surprisingly at Pakistan! The reason too is higher population of termite
there are many of these in Cebu PH - My father-in-law - an old Pinoy says they are deadly - they can kill a caribou if they hook onto it. I would not play with it - it is very black and shiny, which in most cases means poisonous.
Hi I'm from Cape Town South Africa I found one of these snakes slithering in my front yard does anyone know what type of snake it is, I've kept it in plastic container.
ARTICLE DETAILS
RELATED ARTICLES
RELATED CATEGORIES
ARTICLE KEYWORDS