So somewhat overshadowed by sunday's dolphinfest was saturday's cute animal find. This one was quite literally found on my door step. This is a baby Arrhyton exiguum, the Antillean ground snake. Now I've featured this snake before and that specimen was found at the house and was, though quite small, full grown. This one, by contrast, is a neonate baby and hence absolutely tiny. Its even possible its the offspring of the previous snake....By the unscientific process of holding my hand against the screen I can tell you this is roughly 2X life size. I do not have enormous troll hands.
It was so small it was totally able to coil itself around a single finger. Even the non-snakey amongst you must find that cute. No?
Both this /\ and this \/ are roughly 3X life size.
These guys are mostly hiding away kinds of snakes, living under rocks and so forth. I suspect at this size they probably prey on ants and similar insects for the most part. I also suspect that had he stayed on my door step much longer before I emerged a thrasher would have caught and killed him. Birds are probably the main native predator for these guys and the racers. I've seen red-tails with snakes here and kestrels will take ground reptiles too. At this size the Pearly-eyed Thrasher would definitely tuck in too.