Typhlops fornasinii (Fornasini's blind snake)

Fornasini se blindeslang [Afrikaans]

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Identification

Fornasini's blind snake can be identified by its small size, its round snout and irregular yellow blotches on the throat and under the tail. It grows to an average length of 15 cm and a maximum length of 18 cm.

Distribution and habitat

Restricted to north east KwaZulu-Natal and south east Mozambique. Its favoured habitat is moist savanna and coastal forest.

Food

Unknown.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.

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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