The littlest one...

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The littlest one...

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This has to be the smallest snake I've ever seen or caught. I'm guessing this is a juvenile Rough Earth (Virginia striatula), but I've never seen one with the marking, and I haven't found a good pic of a juvenile on The Google yet. I know, I know, buy a book... I'm getting to that. If my guess is wrong, please correct me. (I'm in Galveston County, TX).

Anyway, I flushed (blew?) this guy out of the front corner of my yard with the lawnmower, and saw him wiggling in the street trying to get back to the curb. I thought it was an earthworm at first, til I bent down to pick it up. It wasn't easy to grab, or easy to photograph. Most of the shots came out blurry, but here are a few good ones.

I've noticed most non-herpers like to brag about how big certain snakes are that they've seen. I've also noticed most herpers like to brag about how pretty certain snakes are that they've seen. How bout you post what the smallest snake is you've seen...


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my smallest would have been a baby prairie that looked like a neonate...much larger than yours. That's the tiniest snake I've seen *anyone* find, what like 3"??

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Adult Virginia sometimes have a faint band on the neck like that. Perhaps it is more prominent in youth?

Once, I was given an adult brown snake that gave birth before I could release it. There were 12 of the tiniest vertebrates I have ever seen squiggling around in the cage. INSANE! How do they ever survive? Amazing creatures, these snakes.


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~3" to 3.5". I never could get him to lay out straight by the ruler.

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These are the smallest snakes I've seen. I don't think either one is as small as yours, but the smooth earth might be close. Both were flipped under AC.

juvi Eastern Smooth Earth (makes my finger look like an arm)

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juvi Mojave Shovelnose (note that's a nickel, not a quarter)

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northern red bellysnakes
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Wow those are some small snakes even smaller than this baby Tantilla, I think. :shock:

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Here is a TINY Cal King, obviously bigger than anything posted here, but tiny for the species..

Thats a snail shell that he could have used for a hide box..
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Little snakes are amazing.

I'm with Wayne - Northern redbelly newborns are the smallest I've seen in the field, slightly smaller than northern browns.



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and not much smaller than northern ringneck hatchlings.

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Smallest ive photographed.....

Neelaps bimaculatus
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Smallest ive found was a fresh hatched Parasuta gouldii, thing was like a tooth pic.

Metric ruler, millimeters are marked.
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Ramphotyphlops braminus that I found in Krabi, Thailand last summer.

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a tiny thread snake from Venezuela that some jackass forgot to put a scale object in the frame with.

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A monster compared to some of the ones that have been posted but this is the smallest snake I have found thus far...

Redbelly snake
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A thread where guys are comparing the size of their snakes, and vying for the title of "smallest snake?"

...the second sure sign of the Apocalypse.

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That's smaller than my smallest -

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I have actually seen a few smaller than that. This one might have been -

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This is a horrible picture or a Midland Brown Snake. I think it illustrates how small it was though.

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chris_mcmartin wrote:A thread where guys are comparing the size of their snakes, and vying for the title of "smallest snake?"

...the second sure sign of the Apocalypse.
Its not the size of the boat, its the motion in the ocean..... :lol:

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Not the smallest in the world, but the smallest I've found.

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Some cool stuff here, guys.

You think there's a huge difference in size of dog species, between the smallest Chihuahua puppy vs an adult Mastiff or Great Dane... Then consider the difference between these little guys and the largest pythons or anacondas- it's just insane. These are amazing creatures.

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ebs121781 wrote:Some cool stuff here, guys.

You think there's a huge difference in size of dog species, between the smallest Chihuahua puppy vs an adult Mastiff or Great Dane... Then consider the difference between these little guys and the largest pythons or anacondas- it's just insane. These are amazing creatures.
Those dogs are all one species.

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jonathan wrote:
ebs121781 wrote:...dog species...
Those dogs are all one species.
Doh! ehh dog breeds.

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I've got pics of hatchling dekays somewhere, but gotta go right now... but... 2 1/2 in? I found a baby Tantilla that was 3 in, but didn't get pics. I'll be back... :crazyeyes: jim

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justinm wrote:This is a horrible picture or a Midland Brown Snake. I think it illustrates how small it was though.

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I wish you could have got it in focus - that's one of the cutest snake pictures I've ever seen.

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Caught another one like in the photos of the OP this evening, in the same place, while doing the same thing- cutting grass. It was about the same size, and had two small dots on its head instead of the W shape on the neck of the one in the photos... I put it in the same flowerbed, out of harm's way.

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Not really that small but probably the smallest I've found.

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Natrix natrix:

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Newborn just a couple of hours old baby Florida Brown snake.
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Young of this year Florida water snake that was found roadcruising. Found 3 of them all crossing the same area.
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Not the littlest one. But they are cute. I give you the humble Contia tenuis (not my photos, not my site, but still cool...)

http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/p ... enuis.html

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I like Herpseeker's baby lep!

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Not a snake, but the new smallest herp I've found...

Anaxurus somethingorother.

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Tantilla coronata

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Both my little snakes shots are in the hands of Pingleton who must shake like an old woman with severe Palsy. I can't get the little guys in focus.

This is a Tantilla sp. from Chase Co. Kansas.
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Here's a tiny Sharp-tail I found in my driveway the first week we were in our new house.
Had to use a pine needle as a hook.
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A little Nightsnake from the other night.
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Probably the smallest I've ever found.

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I've seen smaller snakes, but this was my favorite tiny find by a long-shot!

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Newborn Djarra adder. He could almost fit on a quarter coiled. <3

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Not a snake but small...

Mountain Short-horned Lizard, Phrynosoma hernandesi from North Dakota
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ebs121781 wrote:Great Dane...
At your service... :D

But I have a photo of this straitula

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I have a picture of a baby worm snake which was under 3 inches. I'll post it tommorow, dont feel like taking pictures off my camera at 1:15 in the morning... :sleep:

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