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Common names: long-tailed blindsnakes, long-tailed blind snakes, worm snakes.

Ramphotyphlops is a genus of nonvenomous blind snakes found in southern and southeast Asia and Australia, with one species inhabiting the Americas, as well as many islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. They occur in a wide variety of habitats. Currently, 49 species are recognized, making this the most second most diverse genus in the family Typhlopidae.

Description



Growing to 50â€"750 mm ( 2â€"30 in) in length, these snakes occur in a variety of colors from light beige, to red, to blackish brown. They are often difficult to identify properly without the aid of optical magnification. Their heads are conical and tapered into their bodies.

These snakes can be found in ant and termite nests, as well as under fallen leaves and in holes in logs. They are believed to feed on earthworms, as well as the larvae and eggs of ants and termites. They are thought to be oviparous, although this has only been observed in a few species.

Species



*) Not including the nominate subspecies.
T) Type species.

See also



  • List of typhlopid species and subspecies.
  • Typhlopidae by common name.
  • Typhlopidae by taxonomic synonyms.

References



External links



  • Ramphotyphlops at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 29 August 2007.
  • Ramphotyphlops at Lamington National Park. Accessed 29 August 2007.


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