Latest Leptotyphlops carlae Stories

2009-05-22 15:09:24

State of Observed Species reports 18,516 species new to science in 2007 The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists "“ scientists responsible for species exploration and classification "“ today announce the top 10 new species described in 2008. On the list are a pea-sized seahorse, caffeine-free coffee and bacteria that live in hairspray. The top 10 new species also include the very tiny (a snake...

2008-08-09 14:51:46

Residents of the wealthy Caribbean nation of Barbados are up in arms over the recent discovery of a small snake.  Caribbean airwaves, and blogs have been filled with comments of anger against the U.S. scientists who announced his "discovery" this week, and named the snake "Leptotyphlops carlae," after his wife Carla. "If he needs to blow his own trumpet ... well, fine," said Charles Atkins, a 43-year-old Barbadian. "But my mother"¦showed me the snake when I was a child." A writer...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

The smallest snake known to man has been discovered on the Caribbean island of Barbados, a U.S. expert says. Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University, came across the tiny species in a forest in the east of Barbados. The snake has a width similar to a piece of spaghetti and can fit on a U.S. quarter. Hedges said it is possible the snake is hard to find because much of its habitat has been developed into farms and buildings. Habitat destruction is a...

2008-08-03 10:20:00

The world's smallest species of snake, with adults averaging just under four inches in length, has been identified on the Caribbean island of Barbados. The species -- which is as thin as a spaghetti noodle and small enough to rest comfortably on a U.S. quarter --was discovered by Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State. Hedges and his colleagues also are the discoverers of the world's smallest frog and lizard species, which too were found on Caribbean islands. The most recent...

Word of the Day
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.