Do they still have fangs to bite with? I mean, I've seen earthworms bigger than that so I'm curious if they're still carnivorous.
Dr Hedges thinks that the snake eats termites and is endemic to this one Caribbean island.
Also, look at the gorgeous coppery colouring in the second picture. That is totally awesome! The snake looks like it has tiny racing stripes.
Racing stripes made me wonder what the average landspeed of this critter is, so I ended up looking more up about it.Leptotyphlopidae
Threadsnakes as a genus tend to be blind, and this one apparently is as well. This means it has no visual input for hunting or detection of predators - vision is generally useless to the genus, as most of them live underground, burrowing and whatnot.
Generally they hunt small insects (termites and ants are the most common example I found), eating them in a manner a whoooole lot like spiders are famous for - suck out the tasty innards and discard the crispy shell. So the local ant nest that you might not even want to walk past is one of their favourite smorgasbords, and also a potential place to hang the Home Sweet Home sampler.l. carlae
Couldn't find a whole lot on the snake itself, though... mostly I found a quote from this article
that seemed pertinent: "The Barbadian snake apparently eats termites and insect larvae, but nothing is yet known of its ecology and behavior. Genetic tests identified the snake as a new species, Hedges said. It is not venomous." So ... it might have fangs, but they're not the better to paralyze you with, my dear.
I think I'm going to keep up on this guy, because I do wonder how it hunts (one would think that if it slithered into a termite nest, the soldier 'mites might have something to say about that very, very quickly) and... I never did find out about that average landspeed. Rats.
-- I was a very bad girl and didn't keep track of most of where I read this stuff so I could cite or link it... but it was a whole lot of googling and following sources from Wikipedia anyway, so it's not like it was groundbreaking.