Bibron's Blind Snake - Typhlops bibronii

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Photo Dr. Niels Jacobsen

 

 

Average Length:  30 cm. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Bibron-blindeslang
Look for:
  • Cylindrical body
  • Brown to olive-brown back, paler belly
  • Highly polished scales
  • Blunt head indistinct from body
  • Eyes barely visible



Distribution


Venom Type:  Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

This is a small burrowing snake that lives almost entirely underground, only surfaces during rainy weather, when it is found  beneath rocks, logs and debris. Searches for brood chambers of ants and termites and eats large quantities of eggs and larvae, protected from soldier ants by their tight-fitting scales.

Food

Insects and their larvae, termites and ants.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 5-12 eggs in late summer which hatches with a week. Sometimes females guard the eggs until they hatch.

Enemies

Other snakes.

Habitat

Coastal grassland and highveld.

 

 

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