It looks like a weird worm, doesn’t it? Mmm, better look a little closer. There are scales on that little thing! Funny thing is, we’ve probably all seen one of these and assumed it was an everyday earth worm.
As one of the world’s most widely distributed snake, The Brahminy Blind Snake’s (Ramphotyphlops braminus) origins trace back Southeastern Asia.. They might also be the world’s most harmless snake. Easily handled, you can opt to leave them alone or pick them up to show others! Just be careful not to hurt them, since they’re little and can be delicate.
If you are picking one up, one way to tell it’s not an earthworm is they have tongues like other snakes. Another way is that earthworms have segmented bodies, but blindsnakes are smooth all around!
Those little tongues are used for locating their meals- the eggs, larvae, and pupae of ants and termites! So, they’re really beneficial for house owners! Since they burrow through soil and leaflitter, it’s easy to assume they came from the soil of imported plants. That’s why they’re also known as the “Flower Pot Snake!”
A parthogenetic species like the Desert Grassland Whiptail, all species identified thusfar have been female. That means they reproduce asexually, and all individuals are genetic copies of their mothers. Up to eight offspring can be produced, whether from eggs or live bearings!
Photo by Hankplank