Schlegel’s Beaked Blind Snake – Afrotyphlops schlegelii

Size:
On average 50-60cm but may reach close to 80cm.

Colour:
Overall a dusty blueish greyish, or brown with blotches of black scales which may form striping in some specimens.

Habitat:
Fossorial snake which is found in grasslands, savannah and costal forests under stones, rocks or logs.

Field Notes:
Like the Bibron’s Blind Snake Schlegel’s Blind Snake spends the majority of its time underground. Commonly seen on the roads after rains in the Kruger Park, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. These harmless snakes are often eaten by a variety of animals including other snakes such as Purple Gloss Snakes.

Afrotyphlops schlegelii

Schlegel’s beaked blind snake. From Hlhuluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Afrotyphlops schlegelii

Schlegel’s beaked blind snake. From Hlhuluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Afrotyphlops schlegelii

Schlegel’s beaked blind snake. From Vaalwater, Limpopo.