Indotyphlops braminus, 28 April 2017

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

The Brahminy blind snake is the smallest snake species in the world. Native to Southern Asia, this species has essentially colonized much of the world with thanks to the plant trade. This is especially the case in peninsular Florida where the species can be found in our many and varied gardens. Entirely fossorial, the Brahminy blind snake lives not unlike your typical earthworm. In addition to its tiny, subterranean existence, the species is also parthenogenic, meaning they are entirely female and self-reproduce. Thus, is doesn’t take very many stragglers to establish a new colony. Really, I guess it only takes one, right?

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