The Ever-So-Tiny Brahminy Blind Snake, 28 April 2017

Indotyphlops braminus, the Brahminy blind snake;
[Ramphotyphlops braminus];
Volusia county, Florida (28 April 2017).

When you think of reptiles in Florida, you probably think of the big, beefy ones… rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, watersnakes, rat snakes, and, of course, the non-native pythons, iguanas, tegus, and boas of South Florida. Well, it’s worth remembering that reptiles come in all sizes — native and non-native alike. Featured here is one of the smallest snakes in the world, the Brahminy blind snake, Indotyphlops braminus (alternatively categorized as Ramphotyphlops braminus).

Considered to be native to parts of Africa and Asia, the Brahminy blind snake is a tiny, fossorial species that has made its way across much of the world with thanks to agricultural and plant shipments. In fact, The Brahminy blind snake is also commonly known as the “Flowerpot snake” — a nod to one means by which this species has reached  so much of the world. It spends all of its time in loose soil, hunting about for ant eggs and pupae to consume. Averaging less than four inches in length as full adults (though a few do manage to grow a wee bit longer), this is an easy species to mistake as being an earthworm.

This individual was found in my backyard, in the loose soil adjacent to the back wall of our home. It was rather difficult to photograph. This snake never quit squirming about!


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