TOP TEN NEW SPECIES: Ghost Slug and More in Pictures

TOP TEN NEW SPECIES: Ghost Slug and More in Pictures
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Barbados Thread Snake: World's Smallest Snake

Small enough to fit on a U.S. quarter, this tiny new species of thread snake--the world's smallest--found on Barbados is right on the money for the 2009 list of top ten new species announced by the International Institute for Species Exploration on May 22.

The thread snake may be at or near the smallest size possible for snakes, due to an evolutionary trade-off between size and reproductive strategy, according to the snake's discoverer, biologist S. Blair Hedges of Penn State University. Find out why >>
—Photograph courtesy S. Blair Hedges
 
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