Full Name: Bibron’s Blind Snake (Afrotyphlops bibronii)
Other Names: Bibron se Blindeslang
This harmless burrowing snake spends most of its life underground where it feeds on ants, termites and their larvae. It is often flushed to the surface after heavy rains. As the common name indicates it is largely blind as scales cover the eyes – an adaptation for an underground existence. Bibron’s Blind Snake averages 30 – 38 cm with a maximum length of 48.4 cm.
Both ends are rounded, and one must look carefully to work out which end is the head, and which is the tail. A variety of burrowing snakes like the stiletto and harlequin snake prey on this species. This snake may be confused with Delelande’s Beaked Blind Snake and the venomous stiletto snakes.