Southern Blind Snake
Rough-nosed Blind Snake
Dark spot, from a healed injury
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia) iNaturalist Observation|
|Order:||Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)|
|Family:||Blind Snake (Typhlopidae)|
|Species:||Rough-nosed Blind Snake (Anilios bituberculatus)|
|This Photo:||On our outside door mat|
|Other name:||Prong-snouted Blind Snake|
Thank you Darren Schmitke for helping with the id of this species for us
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.