Rough-nosed Blind Snake
Head, showing covered eye & scales
Ellura
Sand Goanna
Young, Whole, back
 
    
Rough-nosed Blind Snake (Anilios bituberculatus)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Reptile (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptile (Squamata)
Family: Blind Snake (Typhlopidae)
Species: Rough-nosed Blind Snake (Anilios bituberculatus)
This Photo:     Tongue
Synonym: Ramphotyphlops
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)
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, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)