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Blackish Blind Snake

Ramphotyphlops nigrescens


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


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.


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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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Love finding these. Your area has heaps.

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Great! Thanks a lot Ashley!

AshleyT 9 years ago

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

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

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

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

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

AshleyT 9 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 :)

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New South Wales, Australia

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

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