The Bibron’s Blind Snakes are small (under 40 cm) shiny snakes. They are monotone in colour and can be pink, brown or black. They have a rounded head and small, indistinct eyes which are under the scales and a large rostral scale for digging. They have rounded blunt tails and it’s often difficult to distinguish the head from the tail.

A juvenile Mole Snake (under 60 cm) is well patterned with brown and white splotches. Their heads are pointed and they have distinct round eyes.

The confusion between these two species is that Bibron’s Blind Snake is often incorrectly called a Molslangetjie. The graphic below illustrates the obvious differences between the two species.

African Snakebite Institute