Rough-nosed Blind Snake
On our outside door mat
Ellura
Rough-nosed Blind Snake
Head, showing covered eye & scales
 
    
Rough-nosed Blind Snake (Anilios bituberculatus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Blind Snake (Typhlopidae)
Species: Rough-nosed Blind Snake (Anilios bituberculatus)
This Photo:     Dark spot, from a healed injury
Synonym: Ramphotyphlops
Other name: Prong-snouted Blind Snake

Thank you Darren Schmitke for helping with the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
Went to go to the loo and was frightened by this little fellow.
At first we were concerned it was a baby brown.
It looked like a very large, very active worm. This was a strong hint it was a blind snake, but we weren't taking any chances.
These are non-venomous.
Darren says the brown spot on it's back is probably due to a previous injury.
Unlike their common name suggests they aren't quite blind. They burrow and live underground, so have a scale covering each eye for protection, but it is beleived they can still determine light levels and possibly general shapes.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Oct-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)