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Snake: Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake

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Mon May 18, 2009 7:58 pm Unread post
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

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Mon May 18, 2009 8:24 pm Unread post
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


Re: Snakes: Schlegel's beaked blind snake

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Tue May 19, 2009 7:15 pm Unread post
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:


Re: Snakes: Schlegel's beaked blind snake

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Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:56 pm Unread post
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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Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:31 pm Unread post
Welcome, Holigan and peterd! :thumbs_up:

This one also a mole snake, I think!

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About a foot long!

(Transport Dam, December, courtesy of Borderline)


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Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:09 pm Unread post
Looks like a type of Blind Snake?!


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Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:08 am Unread post
I also wondered about that RJ. Blind snakes come in a variety of colours, including dark brown.


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Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:56 pm Unread post
That is 100% NOT a mole snake.

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


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Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:36 pm Unread post
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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Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:33 pm Unread post
Definitely Schlegel's - I think! :)


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Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:21 pm Unread post
Also going along with the id, Schlegel's Beaked Blind Snake. :wink:
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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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Sun May 30, 2010 3:44 pm Unread post
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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Sun May 30, 2010 3:59 pm Unread post
The ID is correct :thumbs_up:


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Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:21 pm Unread post
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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Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:24 pm Unread post
Schlegels Blind Snake, adult Harmless quit comon road kill in KNP
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