Leptotyphlops nigricans – Black Thread Snake

Size:
Averaging 12-15cm and may reach 20cm.

Colour:
A uniform glossy brown – black the scales are pale edged

Habitat:
Found in loose sandy soil, from karooid vegetation as well as coastal dunes.

Field Notes:
An insignificant looking snake which is thin and wiry often confused with earth worms. Found sheltering beneath rocks, stones and rotting logs. Often preyed upon by small birds as well as snake Harlequin Snakes.

Leptotyphlops nigricans

Black Thread Snake. From Port Alfred, Eastern Cape.

Leptotyphlops nigricans

Black Thread Snake. From West Coast National Park, Western Cape.

Leptotyphlops nigricans

Black Thread Snake. From Port Alfred, Eastern Cape.