Leptotyphlops jacobseni (Jacobsen's worm snake, Jacobsen's thread snake)

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Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Lepidosauromorpha > Lepidosauria > Squamata > Serpentes (snakes) > Family: Leptotyphlopidae > Genus: Leptotyphlops

Identification

Jacobsen's worm snake can be identified by its small size, rounded head and highly polished scales and it is entirely fossorial (underground living) lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 16 cm and a maximum length of 21 cm.

Distribution and habitat

This snake species is restricted to Mpumalanga. Its favoured habitats are grassland and moist savanna.

Food

Unknown

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes and scorpions.

Reproduction

Unknown

Longevity

Unknown.

Medical importance

None.

Links

References

  • Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.

  • Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa. Struik Publishing, Cape Town.

 


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