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Snakes: Schlegel's beaked blind snake

Unread postby Adansonia » Mon May 18, 2009 7:58 pm

Saw this specimen on the H1-1 near Pretoriuskop on Friday 15 May 2009.

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I am almost 100% sure of my identification, but perhaps somebody can proof me wrong.

According to my field guide this is the largest blind snake in the world, and the very large specimens are rarely seen - they live deep underground. Lucky me!! :dance:

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Re: Snakes: Schlegel's beaked blind snake

Unread postby Elzet » Mon May 18, 2009 8:24 pm

Hi Andansonia

No expert either, but it seems like a Schlegel’s Blind Snake – Typhlops schlegelii

Have a look here:

http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n71/ ... pr08am.flv

Primitive snakes with no teeth in the lower jaw..Cylindrical body with smooth overlapping scales..Do not have large belly scales..The vertical eye is a small black spot under the head scales..short tail ends in a spine... spend most of their lives burrowing underground.. feed on ants and termites.

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Google books http://books.google.com/books?id=YS8E3a ... en#PPA8,M1

http://www.pbase.com/arnomeintjes/blind ... schlegelii
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Re: Snakes: Schlegel's beaked blind snake

Unread postby BushSnake » Tue May 19, 2009 7:15 pm

They spend most of their lives underground, but specimens are often seen on the surface just after hard rain when they are flushed from their burrows. Lots get killed on roads during the summer months! It is a bit strange seeing one out in the day though! :hmz:
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Re: Snakes: Schlegel's beaked blind snake

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:56 pm

These blind snakes seem to inhabit the Pretoriuskop area. See my posting Post subject: Re: snake sightingsPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:43 pm


We were fortunate enough to have our second sighting of a Blind Snake.
This time a Schlegel Blind Snake. Typhlops schlegelii
This time on the H1-1 quite close to the Willem Pretorius grave site. Date 17 June 2009.
Time 15:45.
Temperature 17 C.
Length approximately 35 cm.
Colour : Nearly black mottles on a lighter blueish/grayish dorsal part with a yellowish green ventral colouring..
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:31 pm

Welcome, Holigan and peterd! :thumbs_up:

This one also a mole snake, I think!

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About a foot long!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:09 pm

Looks like a type of Blind Snake?!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:08 am

I also wondered about that RJ. Blind snakes come in a variety of colours, including dark brown.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby fooble » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:56 pm

From that photo its a little difficult but it is Schlegel's beaked blind snake

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:36 pm

Thanks, fooble!

The only other pic:

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The Snake is moving away from the camera in both pics.

Is it rare? :shock:

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:33 pm

Definitely Schlegel's - I think! :)
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:21 pm

Also going along with the id, Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake. :wink:
Is it rare?

Dunno, what I could gather is that they are occasionally seen moving above ground after heavy rains or on warm humid nights. So I guess a special sighting if you see one.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby JustJuice » Sun May 30, 2010 3:44 pm

Here is quite an interesting one.

Can anyone ID it for me please.

It was seen in the Mopani area of Kruger on a night drive.

I was looking in my snake book and I think it may be some type of Blind snake, maybe a Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake (according to the blotches on its back and its distribution).
Im pretty much just guessing but the size does not match up.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun May 30, 2010 3:59 pm

The ID is correct :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby o-dog » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:21 pm

Hi can any aspiring herpetologists help me with the ID of this snake?

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It appears to be a species that lives predominantly underground. Not a great photo but shot just north of Skukuza in Summer '07. Was maybe 50cm in length.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Ernest J » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:24 pm

Schlegels Blind Snake, adult Harmless quit comon road kill in KNP
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