Jul 142011

TodayΒ  I was mending some flowerpots in my backyard as recent rain had destroyed newly grown flowering plants, While emptying a flowerpot I saw a strange worm, approximately around 4 Cms long.

At first I thought that it was a earthworm & wanted it to be in the same pot as they keep the soil fertile. So,I tried taking that worm out with a small piece of straw & to my surprise the worm moved like a snake inside the pot. Wow this is a strange movement for an earthworm. I then rushed inside brought my camera & took some pictures to have a closer look.

Surprisingly I was able to see it flicking its small tongue. This caused more curiousness which resulted in search on this worm on net.

Brahminy Blind Snake

Brahminy Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops braminus)

My father helped me in holding it on a paper as I wanted to see if its eyes can be photographed. Have also used his thumb for size scaling.

Brahminy Blind Snake

Well finally found that it is a Brahminy Blind snake which is harmless :).

Brahminy Blind Snake

If observed closely the eye is seen as a small pale black spot near the right edge of its body in the photo.

Its eyes are hidden inside a translucent skin,it is a blind creature which can sense the change in intensity of light. Its commonly called as flowerpot snake.

Knowing that its harmless,I then put it back to the same pot & filled the mud with a small plant. Hope its safe there πŸ™‚ .

After reading much about it,found this informative video of BBC on YouTube.

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  8 Responses to “Brahminy Blind Snake”

  1. Good informative post Saandip.

  2. Ohh that’s very informative! I too have seen these at home and wondered what it was, seeing its snake-like behavior… Now i know a name to associate it with! Thanks!

  3. Wow!! Flowerpot snake!! Must keep an eye out for it! Thanks Saandip!

  4. I recently found 2 of them inside my house.. I taught they wer earthworms . But the movement like a snake shocked me. When I read about them I was relaxed as they are harmless and feed on ant eggs

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