Full Name: Black Thread Snake (Leptotyphlops nigricans)
Other Names: Cape Thread Snake, Kaapse erdslangetjie
This snake spends most of its time underground and is seldom seen. It may be found under rocks or logs and in old termite mounds and occasionally comes to the surface after heavy rains. It is endemic to South Africa. In winter large numbers of these snakes have been known to congregate in suitable hiding places. The Black Thread Snake is small, with adults averaging around 15 – 17 cm but can reach around 20 cm. The Black Thread Snake feeds on invertebrates and is harmless to humans. The Thread snakes are tricky to tell apart as there are multiple species that similar in appearance.