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Western Blind Snake

Western blind snake is a very small, non-venomous, snake species found in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It has the appearance of a long earthworm. The eyes are vestigial that appear as spots below the head scales. There are nine recognized subspecies of this snake.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Leptotyphlopidae
    Genus Leptotyphlops
    Scientific Name Leptotyphlops humilis


    Other Names Western Slender Blind Snake, Western Threadsnake
    Length 17.8-40.6cm
    Color Pink, purple, or silvery-brown
    Distribution Southwestern and Trans-Pecos Texas, southern and central Arizona, southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, southern California (United States), the Mexican states of Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa, Jalisco,  Chihuahua, Nayarit, Durango, Colima, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí (Mexico)
    Habitat Lives underground in desert and scrub where the soil is loose
    Diet Insects, larvae and eggs of the insects
    Hibernation Period Hibernates during the winter months
    Predators Birds, mammals
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 – 6
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 13th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 21st August 2018.

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