Field Note: Nature
Most students are usually interested in learning about animals from all across the world. This Field Note is an explanation about the animals found on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
Barbados is an island that is home to many different kinds of exciting wildlife. This island is situated is close to both South America and North America. This island has a lot of animals that may sound familiar to all of you. However, animals that are more unique to Barbados will be the focus of this Field Note! Would you like to learn about the smallest snake in the world and the green monkeys that only exist on the island of Barbados? Read on to learn more!
Where does it live?
This week, I learned about the smallest snake in the world from the Internet. I did not see one myself. This snake was discovered in 2008. The snake lay underneath a rock in a protected forest. It is now called leptotyphlops carlae. This snake lives in Barbados. I hope I see one!
What does this creature or plant look like?
The size of the snake is about four inches. It is as thin as a spaghetti noodle! It is a golden color. The snake is a bit larger than a U.S. quarter when it is curled up. I am sure that you all are shocked to know that a snake of this size actually exists! The credit for this discovery goes to Dr. Blair Hedges, a professor and biologist from Penn State University. At the time, Hedges was only able to find two female snakes of this species after flipping over hundreds of rocks!
How does it use its environment to survive?
This snake is believed to survive by eating termites.
What can harm this creature? Are we worried about it?
This reptile is very small. When it breeds, it only produces one egg, unlike other snake species that produce hundreds of eggs. This snake lives in the forest, but a lot of the land in Barbados is take up by homes and farms for people. We are worried that this snake might become extinct.
It is important to protect the habitat of all creatures, so that they do not become extinct!