Brahminy Blind Snake

Today I have decided to write about a reptile that, unfortunately, I have not found in the wild yet: an elusive, tiny, burrowing worm. Well, at least that’s what it seems like. This little worm lookalike is actually called a Brahminy Blind Snake (Indotyphlops braminus). These miniature snakes are also called Flower Pot Snakes, as they have traveled worldwide via potted plants, soil bags and a number of other things. In these ways, itty bitty snakes have taken over the world. 

Luckily, these minuscule serpents are completely harmless. In fact, they are very difficult to even see, which would at least partially explain why I have not found one yet. They live below the surface, feeding mostly on very small insect larvae, and spend most of their time down in ant and termite burrows. These pocket-sized snakes are originally from Southeastern Asia, but now can be found in over 30 countries, including Mexico, the USA, many countries in Africa, Australia, Japan and Spain, to name a few.

Despite these microscopic (okay, that was an exaggeration, I am just running out of “tiny” synonyms) snakes covering every continent except Antarctica, they are not too damaging, as they aren’t poisonous or venomous, and they eat ant larvae. So, as far as invasive species go, Brahminy Blind Snakes are not all too bad.

I know you are all dying to know just how small they really are, so here you go: adult Brahminy Blind Snakes can typically grow up to 4 to 6.5 inches long or 11cm to 16.5cm, and their eggs are only around 0.5 inches or 1.5 cm in length.  They are the second smallest snakes in the world! 

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