Blind Snakes

 

A family of harmless, specialized burrowing snakes that feed on invertebrates, rarely attain more than 60 cm in length and have well-developed anal glands - they can really "pack a pong". Usually associated with ant nests. Five of the nearly 50 Australian blind snakes known are illustrated below.




Southern Blind Snake (Anilios australis) from Stirling Range, Western Australia



Black-spined Blind Snake (Anilios bicolor) from Ilkurlka, Western Australia



Black-spined Blind Snake (Anilios bicolor) showing tongue


Black-tipped Blind Snake (Anilios grypus) from Shay Gap, Western Australia



Fat Blind Snake (Anilios pinguis) from Forrestania, Western Australia



Common Beaked Blind Snake (Anilios waitii) from near Leinster, Western Australia


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