Rhinotyphlops lalandei (Delalande's beaked blind snake)

Delalande se haakneusblindslang [Afrikaans]

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Delalande's beaked blind snake can be identified by its chequered colouration and yellow edged scales. It grows to an average length of 30 cm and a maximum length of 35 cm.

Distribution and habitat

Found in a broad band from the Western Cape up to central Zimbabwe. It is found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to moist savanna. 


Eats invertebrates (particularly termites).

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes (particularly Spotted harlequin snakes).


Oviparous (egg-laying), lays between 2 and 8 eggs in summer.



Medical importance




  • 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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