Texas Blind Snake

The Texas Blind Snake is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Texas blind snake, Leptotyphlops dulcis, is common in the Texas landscape, often being found underneath logs or rocks in the yard or garden. They occur on stony hillsides, prairies, and sandy or rocky deserts, under stones, boulders or other objects. More

Texas Blind Snakes spend the vast majority of their time buried in loose soil, only emerging to feed or when it rains and their habitat floods with water. More

The Texas blind snake is unique because its body shape makes it difficult to discern its head from its tail. Closer examination reveals vestigial eyes as small dark spots. More

The Texas Blind Snake is almost earthworm like with a smooth, shiny, cylindrical body. The color is reddish-brown, pink, or shiny tan. Head and tail blunt. More

Also Known As: Texas blind snake (general name for both L. dulcis subspecies), worm snake, thread snake Scientific Name: Leptotyphlops dulcis dulcis (Baird & Girard, 1853) Habitat: Prairies to semi-arid areas, provided soil suitable for burrowing exists. More

coloration, Texas blind snakes look much like earthworms, except that the snakes have noticeable scales and lack the worm's segments. The snakes have a lighter colored, sometimes almost white, underside. More

The Texas blind snake is considered beneficial because of its feeding habits. It is active on the soil surface at night or early evening, feeding on larvae and pupae of insects, termites, and earthworms. More

Take the Texas blind snake, for example. Others, much larger, seem long and whip-like. The western coachwhip and the buttermilk racer fall nicely into this category. Still others can be thick and stocky. Western cottonmouths are definitely chunky. More

The Texas Blind Snake is generally smaller (5 to 11 inches in length). It has 3 scales between the two eye spots, not 1 scale. Western Blind Snake (Leptotyphlops humilis) Identification: Length 7 to 16 inches. More

The Texas Blind Snake has belly scales the same size as those on its upper body. This snake is uniform pinkish-tan in color. The eyes are tiny black dots. It normally grows to a length of 5-8 inches. More

The Texas Blind Snake is from the order Squamata. Species from this order are amphisbaenians, lizards or snakes. There are over 6,000 living species belonging to the squamata order - it is the largest order of all reptiles. More

Texas Blind Snake (Leptotyphlops dulcis dulcis) Travis Co. More

Common names

Leptotyphlops dulcis in Spanish - español
Serpiente-lombriz texana in Spanish - español
Texas Blind Snake in English - English
Texas slender blind snake in English - English
Texas Threadsnake in English - English
Texas-Schlankblindschlange in German - Deutsch

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Order : Squamata
Family : Leptotyphlopidae
Genus : Leptotyphlops
Species : Leptotyphlops dulcis
Authority : BAIRD & GIRARD 1853