Tail & Back Leg
Southern Blind Snake
|Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
|Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
|Blind Snake (Typhlopidae) iNaturalist Observation
|Southern Blind Snake (Anilios bicolor)
|Dark-Spined Blind Snake
Thank you Bruce Edley for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Riverland and possibly elsewhere
Daren found one of these at night on an expedition North of here, with a team of people helping with id's.
He came knocking at the caravan door looking for a container to put it in to identify it.
We weren't using a camera flash on this expidition, so got a strong light out to get some clear photo's. But it clearly agittated the snake, so didn't persist.
While much darker (ie black) than the reddish A. bituberculatus specimens we've seen, we have seen reddish A. bicolor photo's on-line, as such, this colour variation is not diagnostic.
The spine was very obvious and it seemed to try and bury it in a finger, which felt scratchy.
Shorter than the A. bituberculatus we've found at ~200mm long, making it look quite stubby/fat.