Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Western Blind Snake

The western blind snake is found in Southern California, the tip of southern Nevada, southern Arizona, the extreme southwestern tip of Utah, portions of southern New Mexico and Texas and into Mexico. It is also known as the western thread snake, or the subspecies southwestern thread snake (some experts don't recognize a supspecies). This particular snake was found by a friend in his garden in Redlands. It looks like a giant earthworm, and like an earthworm, spends most of its time tunneling underground, but it eats ants and termites.

Just barely visible is a small black eye. The eyes are dark spots under translucent plates and are non-functional.

They can be purplish, brown or pink. I found one on the road in Whitewater Canyon, but it had been run over by a car and killed.

5 comments:

  1. This is bizarre... I never knew there was such a creature.

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  2. We found one in Mcqueeney, TX this weekend. It was young/short. It really wasn't much larger than an earthworm.

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  3. I found one crawling into the garage this spring. It took me a minuite to realize it was a snake and not a small worm

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  4. I found one on my front porch in Manchester Tennessee it took me a few times to look it up and find out what it was.

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  5. I just found one in my backyard lol and it just goes nuts lol but I've never seen one

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