Blind Snakes - Typhlopidae

Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops ligatus) Ramphotyphlops ligatus, a burrowing, worm-like blind snake.The blind snakes are small, worm-like burrowers. The tail is tipped with a small, sharp spine and the eyes appear as dark spots beneath the head scales. The body scales are all of similar size and tightly overlap.

These snakes are non-venomous and harmless. They cannot bite and have limited defensive capabilities. These include producing a pungent odour from the anal glands, vomiting up their last meal or prodding with the tail spine to produce an unpleasant prickling sensation.

Blind Snakes feed on termites and the larvae and pupae of ants.

Some species lay eggs but it is not known if this applies to all Blind Snakes.

There are 18 species in Queensland.

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