Endangered St. Lucia Racer snake declared world’s rarest

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Endangered St. Lucia Racer snake declared world’s rarest
The endangered St. Lucia racer. CREDIT: © Rob Williams, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
The endangered St. Lucia racer. CREDIT: © Rob Williams, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

A small snake that lives only on a pinprick of an island in the Caribbean has won the title of world’s rarest snake, a dubious honor for the St. Lucia racer. As few as 18 of its kind remain on Earth, making it one of the planet’s rarest animals overall.

Described as gentle and easy to handle, the remaining snakes live on a half-mile-square island just offshore of St. Lucia, one of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of small volcanic islands that stretches from Puerto Rico to South America, dividing the Caribbean from the Atlantic Ocean.

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