Burrowing snakes (family: Typhlopidae) in Kwiambal NP (Gaia Guide)
Burrowing snakes
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Typhlopidae

Distinguishing features

They are small, worm-like burrowers. The tail is typically tipped with a small, sharp spine and the eyes appear as dark spots beneath the head scales. The body scales are all of similar size and tightly overlap.

Some species lay eggs but it is not known if this applies to all. (QM)


  • Size data has not been obtained.



They feed on termites and the larvae and pupae of ants.

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  • not dangerous - These snakes are non-venomous and harmless. They cannot bite and have limited defensive capabilities. These include producing a pungent odour from the anal glands, vomiting up their last meal or prodding with the tail spine to produce an unpleasant prickling sensation. (QM)