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Sonoran Desert Reptiles
Leptotyphlops humilis (Western blind snake)



 Western blind snake

Diet: ants and termites(including their eggs, pupae, and larvae), millipedes, centipedes
Size: 16" (40 cm)

Identification: 7 - 16 in. (18-41 cm). A slim snake with no neck constriction and blunt head and tail. Eyes vestigial, appearing as dark spots under head scales. Tiny spine at tip of tail. Scales shiny and cycloid, not enlarged on belly. Single scale between oculars. Purplish, brown to nearly black (Malibu Creek area, southern California), or pink above with a silvery sheen. Somewhat lighter below - cream, pink, purplish, or light gray. East small insects such as ants and their larvae and pupae, termites, and occasionally beetle larvae.


Excerpts from A FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS, 3/e by Robert C. Stebbins. Copyright (c) 2003 by Robert C. Stebbins. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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