Rough-nosed Blind Snake
Head, showing covered eye & scales
Young, Whole, back
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)|
|Order:||Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)|
|Family:||Blind Snake (Typhlopidae)|
|Species:||Rough-nosed Blind Snake (Anilios bituberculatus)|
|Other name:||Prong-snouted Blind Snake|
Thank you Darren Schmitke for helping with the identification of this species
Ref: "A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia", 2nd Ed. Wilson & Swan. Page 376.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), 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.