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Blind Snake

Ramphotyphlops

By Rhianna Blackthorn

Images by Martin Fitzgerald


The Blind Snakes (Genus: Ramphotyphlops) of Australia are unlike other snakes in appearance having worm-like bodies of even thickness from the head to tail tip. Their eyes are not obvious and are present as small dark spots under semi-transparent scales. While they are called blind snakes, this is not entirely true. It is believed that they have blurred vision, and can definitely distinguish light from dark. Most people encounter blind snakes while digging in their gardens, and many come to grief in back yard swimming pools.

 

 

Updated January 11 2018  

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