Rough-nosed Blind Snake
Head, showing covered eye & scales
Sand Goanna
S1: Profile
Rough-nosed Blind Snake (Anilios bituberculatus)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:     Tongue
Synonym: Ramphotyphlops
Other name: Prong-snouted Blind Snake

Thank you Stephen Mahony & James Nankivell for confirming the id and 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.

Copyright © 2014-2021 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)