Typhlops bibronii (Bibron's blind snake)

Bibron se blindeslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

Bibron's blind snake can be identified by the following; its shiny brown colour, small eyes and underground lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 38 cm and a maximum length of 48 cm.

Distribution and habitat

This snake has a wide distribution and is found throughout the eastern half of South Africa and a small portion of eastern Zimbabwe. Its favoured habitat is coastal forest and moist savanna.

Food

Eats invertebrates (particularly termite and ant larvae).

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

Reproduction

Oviparous (egg-laying), lays between 2 and 14 eggs in summer.

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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