rhamphotyphlops

Blind Snakes (Rhamphotyphlops braminus) | ©cowyeow

Two blind snake (Rhamphotyphlops braminus) together. the grey snake is about to shed. When blind snakes shed, their color changes much more drastically than for other snakes.

The Brahminy Blind Snake, Rhamphotyphlops braminus (Reptilia - Squamata - Serpentes - Typhlopidae), is a blind snake likely native to South Asia, but reported worldwide in Africa, including the Arabian Peninsula, Australia, India, Southeast Asia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, the United States, and Central America. The blind snake shown were photographed in Hong Kong.

It is a small, dark, worm-like snake with smooth, shiny scales, a short head with no neck, a short tail which ends in a small spine, and light spots where the eyes should be. Color is typically dark brown, but can be pale or yellowish brown, or grey. The underside is lighter than the rest of the body.

A particular feature of this species is that is parthenogenetic, so all snakes are females that are capable of reproducing without males. They are oviparous, laying 2 to 7 tiny eggs.