Linton’s dwarf short-tailed snake, Tantillita lintoni

Photos by Bob Thomas, Tikal, Guatemala, May 2005.

This small snake is distributed along the Atlantic versant from southern Veracruz, Mexico, through Belize and Guatemala into northern Nicaragua.  It feeds on small invertebrates.  Due to its secretive nature, little is known about its natural history.  It is most often found under logs, stones, and leaf litter in forests, and a couple have been found active in leaf litter at night.  The specimen above was found on a trail during the day.

Thanks to Jan Meerman and Larry David Wilson for the identification.

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