Found this little blind snake in my suburban backyard in San Juan, PR. I normally find them dead since my cats get to them first. I have seen many on different ocassions where there's damp, shaded dirt.
"I have an oscar fish that i recently brought with me on my move to Glendora, CA. We have been settled for a week and the fish has particilarly enjoyed the live crickets i find in the driveway at night. Tonight the pickings were slim but i did see what i thought was an earthworm at the edge of my lawn. I've experienced rather energetic worms in the past so i didn't think twice when this little guy put up quite a fight of twisting and slithering while i picked it up to bring inside. I put it in the tank and immediately knew something was off. My Oscar ran away first of all, then to my surprise the "worm" began swimming around the tank like a snake. I didn't know worms did that, I thought. Normally they just sink. But this thing was swimming down, up and every which way scaring the crap out of my oscar, who is currently still cowering in the corner of the tank i might add. I realized my hands smelled like feces and ruled this to be the smelliest and most spunky worm i'd ever seen. I left the room thinking eventually my oscar would come around and I'd have one less worm and one more fed fish in the morning. But after only a few minutes i had to investigate. The "worm" was still swimming around at the surface of the tank, but now with its head elevated slightly above the surface in a snake like fashion. So, i googled " worm that moves like a snake", only to find numerous pictures of exactly what i was dealing with, a brahminy blind snake. Upon closer inspection there were indeed tiny scales and this, to my surprise was not the dinner i had anticipated feeding my oscar tonight. At this point i felt terrible! For some reason a snake life holds greater weight than a worm life in my heart and i had to fish that poor drowning reptile out. I scooped it up with my fish net, gawked at it for a few minutes, tried to wake my girlfriend up but she didn't care, and then dropped it out onto the lawn. It quickly slithered strait down into the depths of the grass before i could even think to snap a picture. To think, i picked up a snake tonight with my bare hands without thinking twice."
- Anthony Hohman
Observation by Anthony Hohman, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current scientific name is Argyrophis oatesii (After Pyron & Wallach, 2014).
Found under a flower pot in Ormond FL. Moves like a snake. Black, shiny, fast! No visable eyes, blunt tail.
The Typhlopidae are a family of blind snakes. They are found mostly in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and all mainland Australia and various islands. The rostral scale overhangs the mouth to form a shovel-like burrowing structure. They live underground in burrows, and since they have no use for vision, their eyes are mostly vestigial. They have light-detecting black eye spots, and teeth occur in the upper jaw. The tail ends with a...