ID Again Please

ID Again Please

Postby Jarppi » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:06 pm

Found this little guy in the house, first thought it was a worm. spent quite some time watching it, and could identify it's head (though not by eyes or the presence of a mouth/tongue). Got quite agitated when I poked at it :-)

Still very much alive fortunately, and I think it's some kind of worm snake, can anyone confirm? The yellow lighter is there for the purpose of scale, it's a small BIC not the big one, so this guy is quite small.

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Re: ID Again Please

Postby iiviii » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:58 pm

I'm going to take a wild guess and say its a blind snake? But would definitly like someone to confirm that? (That's if I am not horribly mistaken and have just created a whole new species of snake that does not exist)
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Re: ID Again Please

Postby Primogen » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:21 pm

It is a blind or worm snake not 100% sure but my guess is Bibron's blind snake or a long-tailed worm snake.
Its difficult to identify these snakes without a close inspection of the head and scale counts.
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Re: ID Again Please

Postby Westley Price » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:16 am

I think it's a Thread Snake, Leptotyphlops. I would guess it's L. distanti, but as Primogen said, you need to do detailed scale counts to distinguish between them.
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Re: ID Again Please

Postby Jarppi » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:23 am

How do I count scales? or is it as simple as it sounds?
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Re: ID Again Please

Postby Westley Price » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:28 am

It's very simple for bigger snakes, but it'll be VERY difficult with your snake.

The scientists do it when the snake is dead, under a low power microscope or magnifying glass.

Here's a nice link showing how to do scale count:

www.seanthomas.net/oldsite/scount.html
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Re: ID Again Please

Postby Bushviper » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:34 am

Thats a thread snake and completely harmless. Drop it outside by a compost heap and hopefully he will stay around for a while.
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