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Most adult brahminy blindsnakes are about 4. These snakes are small, thin, and shiny silver gray, charcoal gray, or purple.

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The head and tail both appear blunt and can be difficult to distinguish from each other. Juvenile coloration is similar to that of adults.

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Brahminy blindsnakes are a non-native species from southern Asia that was first reported in Miami, Florida in the s. They have now been found from Key West north throughout much of the peninsula, and there are isolated records from the Panhandle. Brahminy blindsnakes are not dangerous to people or pets. None, but brahminy blindsnakes are frequently mistaken for earthworms. Although both are shiny, if you look carefully you will see that earthworms are segmented i.

Also, if you look closely at the head, you can see these snakes stick out their tiny tongues while being held. The neck is indistinct, and the eyes are reduced to small patches of dark pigment beneath the scales. The tail is tipped with a tiny pointed spur.

The head scales are similar in size and shape to body scales.

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The belly is grayish to brown, and the belly scales are not enlarged. The scales on the body are tiny, smooth, and shiny, and there are 14 scale rows along the entire body. Brahminy blindsnakes are excellent burrowers and can be found in loose soil and leaf litter, sawdust piles, rotting logs, and beneath rocks and other surface debris. However, these snakes are occasionally found in trees. Adults and juveniles are often found in urban and agricultural areas, where they can be locally abundant.

Defensive behavior. These tiny snakes do not bite in defense. If uncovered, brahminy blindsnakes will typically try to escape by burrowing. If captured, they may press the pointed but harmless tail tip against the attacker, and they may release foul-smelling musk from two glands in the base of the tail.

Diet and feeding behavior. This species is parthenogenetic all individuals are females. Therefore, unfertilized eggs begin cell division without sperm from a male. Females can lay 1—8 eggs, and the offspring are genetically identical to the mother. No subspecies of brahminy blindsnakes are currently recognized. These snakes are unknowingly transported around the world in the soil of ornamental plants. Some people believe that this snake has a stinger on the tip of the tail.

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However, this is not the case. The pointy scale on the tip of the tail is completely harmless. Florida counties with confirmed records. If you have a new or interesting observation for this species, please the herpetology staff at the Florida Museum. References and further reading. Ernst, C. Snakes of the United States and Canada. Krysko, K. Enge, and P. Amphibians and Reptiles of Florida. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Florida. Powell, R. Conant, and J. Fourth edition. Share your observations You can help scientists better understand the biology and distribution of this species by sharing your observations.

You can also post your observations on iNaturalist. Do you have snakes around your house? Learn how to safely co-exist with snakes. Still have questions about snakes or identifications? Feel free to the herpetology staff at the Florida Museum with your questions or feedback on this profile. Banner photo courtesy of Noah Mueller.

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Please credit any photographers on the and see our copyright policy. Brahminy blindsnake. Photo courtesy of Noah Mueller. Detailed Description Most adult brahminy blindsnakes are about 4. Habitat Brahminy blindsnakes are excellent burrowers and can be found in loose soil and leaf litter, sawdust piles, rotting logs, and beneath rocks and other surface debris.

Defensive behavior These tiny snakes do not bite in defense. Diet and feeding behavior Brahminy blindsnakes feed on the eggs, larvae, and pupae of ants and termites. Reproduction This species is parthenogenetic all individuals are females. Comments No subspecies of brahminy blindsnakes are currently recognized. Florida counties with confirmed records County data coming soon. References and further reading Ernst, C.

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