Rhinotyphlops schinzi (Schinz's beaked blind snake)

Schinz se haakneusblindslang [Afrikaans]

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Schinz's beaked blind snake can be identified by its beaked snout, black or brown spots and small yet prominent eyes. It grows to an average length of 20 cm and a maximum length of 28 cm.

Distribution and habitat

This snake is widely distributed from the Northern Cape north to central Namibia. Its favoured habitat is dry savanna and karoo scrub.


Eats invertebrates

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.


Likely to be oviparous (egg-laying).



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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