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Blackish Blind Snake

Ramphotyphlops nigrescens

Description:

They can grow to a size of 23 inches, with the largest recorded at 32 inches. Colour is brown/purplish on top, with a light shade of pink on the belly. The tail features a pointed tip which is a harmless spur. The species lives most of its life underground feeding on ants, termites and their larvae

Habitat:

This was found dead on the grass covered in bite marks. In the past i have spotted them in my pool shed near rainforest trees.

Notes:

This one had been attacked and killed by something, presumably a cat due to the bite marks. Thanks to Ashley T for the ID!

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6 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Love finding these. Your area has heaps.

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Great! Thanks a lot Ashley!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

I think that's it! Nose looks right and range is perfect :)

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

What do you think about Blackish blind snake (Ramphotyphlops nigrescens) ?

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 6 years ago

Ah of course! I completely forgot about the blind snakes! Thanks ashley!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

My bet is blind snake. Legless lizards would have external ears. Blind snake would also be the reason for the lack of eyes. I'll try to find a species for you :)

AliceGreenup
Spotted by
AliceGreenup

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 28, 2013
Submitted on Oct 28, 2013

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