Indotyphlops braminus Brahminy Blindsnake
Also known as:
Brahminy Blind Snake, Flowerpot Snake
This species was classified as Ramphotyphlops braminus until a restructuring of blindsnake taxonomy in 2014.
Matheson Hammock Park, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, FloridaFebruary 11, 2004
Brahminy Blindsnake (Indotyphlops braminus)
These tiny snakes look like dark shiny earthworms. This Southeast Asian species has successfully colonized south Florida and many other subtropical and tropical regions as a stowaway in the soil of nursery plants. They are fantastic colonizers, due in large part to the fact that they are perhaps the world's only entirely parthenogenetic snake species. That is, they are all females, and reproduce asexually, so it only takes one to start a colony.

I had seen these on a few occasions over the years in South Florida but I had never managed to detain one long enough to get a picture; they are extremely squirmy and excellent at escaping, despite their tiny size. Once my wife and I found five or six of them crawling around inside my mother in law's home. We chose not to tell her that her house was infested with snakes.

Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, FloridaDecember 24, 2006
Brahminy Blindsnake (Indotyphlops braminus)
Some day I'll try to get an actual good photo of these reflective, squirmy, tiny snakes. But at least this one is a little better than the last one.
Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri LankaAugust 19, 2019
Brahminy Blindsnake (Indotyphlops braminus)
Thirteen years later I finally got another opportunity to try to get a good picture of this species. But this one was just as reflective and squirmy as its clones in Florida.
Ranomafana area, Vatovavy region, MadagascarMay 5, 2023
Brahminy Blindsnake (Indotyphlops braminus)
This is the saddest photo of my trip. Before our evening hike, I was poking around behind my bungalow to see if there was anything worth photographing. I saw this cricket and took a photo of it when I noticed what I thought was a long thin millipede. So I took a photo of that, but since it was only a no doubt unidentifiable millipede I didn't try to get a nicer photo. Only when I looked at the photo later did I realize it was a blind snake, not a millipede. So I didn't get a better photo, but worse, I didn't show it to my fellow herpers, some of whom had never seen a blind snake. I hung my head in shame.

These snakes have been accidentally introduced to Madagascar, along with most of the rest of the tropics.

Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this 2023 trip to Madagascar.

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