This legless skink was found under debris 1 km east of Port Nolloth in Cape Province, South Africa.
These skinks were found in the sandy dunes of Griffith Bay in Luderitz in southwestern Namibia. The specimen on the right displays the typical coloration of the species while the specimen on the left shows the less common melanistic form.
Typhlosaurus is one of a number of genera of limbless lizards in the skink family (Scincidae). This group was recently revised with most species formerly attributed to Typhlosaurus now placed in Acontias. The current definition of Typhlosaurus includes five attenuate body legless lizards from southwestern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Angola). This is the sister genus to Acontias, which together form the well supported Afrotropical subfamily Acontinae.