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Western Blind Snake (Leptotyphlops humilis)
Western Blind Snake
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WESTERN BLIND SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Western Blind Snake looks like a long earthworm. It is pink, purple, or silvery-brown and blunt at both ends. The eyes are reduced to light sensitive black spots. The skull is thick for burrowing. There is a spine at the end of its tail. When threatened, they writhe around, and excrete strong smelling fluid.
Western Slender Blind Snake, Western Threadsnake
lives in loose soil in deserts, rocky hillsides and scrub. Lives underground. Invades ant and termite nests.
insects, insect larvae and eggs
Lays eggs July - August. Females look after the eggs. Sometimes share a communal nest.
Found in south Texas west southern and central Arizona, southern Nevada, south western Utah, southern California and northern Mexico.
They are harmless to humans. Their mouth is too small to give a significant bite.
Relatives in same Genus
Texas Blind Snake (L. dulcis dulcis)