Monday, October 20, 2008

Brahminy Blind Snake

Found this Brahminy Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops braminus underneath some stones near Teban Gardens Road.
This is a very common, but rarely seen species that spends much of its time burrowing in soil and leaf litter.
They are one of the world's most smallest snakes, rarely exceeding 20 cm in length.
Virtually blind this snake can, however, distinguish between light and dark.
It feeds on small invertebrates, mainly ant larvae and pupae.
The species is the only known parthenogenetic snake i.e. all specimens are female and reproduction is asexual.


Adina Smothermon said...

Does this species live in america? My friend's sister almost stepped on a snake like this. If I had my camera, I would have been able to take a picture. We live in Arizona, and were not sure of the species. Also it was night, and we were all very wet from swimming. It seemed to sense vibrations and heat, as we were cold and shivering. We keep talking over this, but nobody knows the species of the snake. It was brown and looked similar to the one shown here on your blog. Can you help us?

Shawn said...

Hi Adina,

Hmmmm.... well, there are high chances of it being a brahminy blind snake. There are many species of blind snakes (also called thread snakes), but the brahminy is the most common and widespread in the world. Believe it or not, these snakes were spread across the globe through flowerpots! And most of the times, they are mistaken for earthworms. Well maybe what you say may indeed be a blind snake!


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