Blind Snakes Ramphotyphlops spp.

Snakes of Victoria series

Blind Snakes, Ramphotyphlops spp., are small, non-venomous snakes and are rarely encountered. They are nocturnal and usually burrow through the soil, although they may be seen moving on the surface on warm humid nights. They are found in loamy soils, under rocks, in or under rotting logs or in ant or termite nests. All species lay eggs and feed primarily on ants and/or termites. Most are pink or grey in colour with extremely shiny scales. They are incapable of biting.

Ramphotyphlops australis is a very robust species, with 22 mid-body scale rows and an average length of 25 cm (maximum 46 cm). It is grey or purplish brown above, with a slightly paler head and has a pale yellow or pinkish-white belly. It is found in north-western Victoria and females lay 2-11 eggs per clutch.

Photo of Ramphotyphlops australis

Ramphotyphlops australis
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty Ltd

Ramphotyphlops proximus is another heavily-built species. It has a rounded head, 20 mid-body scale rows and has an average length of 50 cm (maximum 70 cm). It is a dark brown snake and occurs in north-central Victoria. Females lay up to 35 eggs per clutch.

Photo of Ramphotyphlops proximus

Ramphotyphlops proximus
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty Ltd

Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus is a slender species with a distinctly trilobed head. It has 20 mid-body scale rows and an average length of 30 cm (maximum 45 cm). Unlike the other three species of blind snakes in Victoria, which are grey or black as adults, this species is pale brown. It occurs in north-western and north-central Victoria and females lay 2-9 eggs per clutch.

Photo of Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus

Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty Ltd

Ramphotyphlops nigrescens has 22 mid-body scale rows and a total length of up to 75 cm. Its colour ranges from purplish pink-brown to almost black above and creamish pink below. It occurs throughout central and eastern Victoria.

Photo of Ramphotyphlops nigrescens

Ramphotyphlops nigrescens
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty Ltd

Further Reading

Coventry, A. J. and Robertson, P. 1991. The Snakes of Victoria – A Guide to their Identification. Department of Conservation & Environment/Museum of Victoria.

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books.

Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.

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jacob 15 May, 2009 19:00
i i go to gwynneville in wollongong australia i caught 3 blind snakes under a rock borrowed in the soily molch i scared everey girl +boy it was about 30cm long and as thick as a thumb
oscar 9 July, 2009 18:08
i took a picture of a blind snake in san mateo county USA during the day at 10;00 am would you like to see them !
Discovery Centre 10 July, 2009 15:27

Hi Oscar,

Thanks for your offer! The Discovery Centre can certainly pass on the images you took of a blind snake to our Herpetology Curator. You can send any images and information to the Discovery Centre via our Ask the Experts enquiry form.

ignatius 20 March, 2016 20:01
hey there, i came across a blind snake while herping in my backyard here in Malaysia. It was found under a rock and at first glance i thought it was an earthworm, till i held it up an inspected it to see tht it had scales and a tiny folked tongue! Are they common too in this region?
Koubee 4 November, 2009 08:41
we found a Ramphotyphlops proximus in a swimming pool in Mildura Vic. It was only approx 15cms long. A beautiful animal.
Lesley Carnogursky 4 November, 2009 14:26
Last night my neighbour found a blind snake in her bathroom in Gawler, South Australia. It was correctly identified by my son who is an Environmental Scientist.
Tom 2 January, 2010 14:59
We encountered a blind snake swimming accross Cudgera Creek NSW. We thought it was a worm at first but after careful inspection, discovered it was actually a snake! It was approx. 25-30cm long and a beautiful dark brown/black colour with a silver belly.
dean 17 January, 2010 12:48
Just caught a nigrescens at KYLIES BEACH NSW North Coast
sappy 7 March, 2010 18:12
my sister also found a australis blind snake in her swimming pool after days of heavy rain in north central victoria. Any theories on rain bringing them out of the ground?
selina 9 March, 2010 12:28
While transplanting some potted plant i found a baby blind snake. I live in Darwin, NT are blind snakes usually found in the NT?
Discovery Centre 10 March, 2010 16:06

Sappy, it is generally very difficult to "unearth" blind snakes, who like to remain underground; however, heavy rains will obviously disrupt all burrowing species in a certain area, for a time. And Selina, there are numerous blind snake species in the Northern Territory; in fact, blind snakes love tropical environments, and there is even a species known as the Darwin Blind Snake. Hope this helps!

kelly 3 April, 2010 23:26
Hi, Was wondering if or how i could be able to have one of these fantastic snakes. I understand that you require a permit but i am unsure as to what type. I have been reading up on them and have come to the conclusion that they and not a well documented spices. I would love to try and see if i could answere the unanswered. Any help with this would be fantastic. Thanks Kelly.
Discovery Centre 6 April, 2010 11:16
Hi Kelly, consider joining a Herpetologist Society, such as the Australian Herpetological Society. You can find contact details here:
Jason McCauley 8 April, 2010 23:30
Hi. I live at the bottom of the Toowoomba Range in Queensland. I just went out into my Kitchen and found what appeared to be a Blind Snake of about 35cm long. The head of the snake is very similar to the pictures above, however, it had bright red and black bands across it similar to a coral snake. I picked it up by the tail and took it outside and released it into the garden. I have never seen a Blind Snake with such markings. Does anyone know if this is common?
Jason Mc Cauley 10 April, 2010 02:02
Gee...You could have had it Kelly....
Jasmine 5 July, 2010 21:38
can they be found in SA cause I saw exaclly the first pic in my garden as I was digging a hole are they venemous and are they scared.Hope to hear back from u and plz dont publish my email adress its just me and my mum want to know about this snake. Thanx.
Discovery Centre 10 July, 2010 16:08

Hi Jasmine, Ramphotyphlops australis is found in the drier parts of Southern Australia and so would be found in parts of South Australia. These snakes are not venomous and are nothing to worry about.

Lyn 24 October, 2010 16:29
My cat has bought 3 of these snakes into the house over the last 12months, We live in Ballina Northern NSW. I am glad I finally found out what they are, i am pretty sure they are the Nigrescens
Norma Zingel 29 October, 2010 22:45
Just found a snake in my bedroom.Rang hubby to tell him to come home from the club and he came home with 4 burly mates with shovels at the ready. Finally found it under a cupboard and it turned out to be a blind snake ( after googling) about 40cm long.He will be released into the garden in the morning. I was convinced it was a brown snake ( first encounter with a snake)and was ready to rip everything out of my bedroom. Now I can sleep peacefully...phew!!!
Jane 4 November, 2010 12:59
We think we found a blind snake in our kitchen, under the fridge. It was wedged between the floating timber floor and bottom of the fridge. It finally let go and we took it outside and put it in the garden. I wonder how it got inside?
kristy 5 November, 2010 19:47
i found a blind snake in my pond freaked out coz i hate snakes didnt know mt magnet had them? its the 3rd one i have seen in my pond in the last few months cound this mean they are nesting and planning to stay
Discovery Centre 6 November, 2010 10:49
Hi Jane, good to hear your interesting story, I can only think of one other person who has contacted us regarding a blind snake in or near the house. I can only assume it made its own way in, but please be very careful in case what you are seeing is not a blind snake but a juvenile venomous snake.
Discovery Centre 10 November, 2010 13:35

Hi Kristy,

Blind snakes are found throughout Australia (except Tasmania). The are not venomous and no threat – the are burrowing snakes, so not commonly seen on the surface. However, it is most common to see them on the surface following rain.

Dee 15 November, 2010 22:52
After a week of flooding rain I've discovered a blind snake in my garage at Matcham, NSW. It was very small and at first I thought it was a large earthworm sqirming around on the concrete. After grabing a torch I discovered it had scales.
suryo 21 November, 2010 18:52
Ive just found a bunch of them (6)in an old small pile of wood chip under tarp . Beautiful, 30cm long shinie farst and squirmie.Right in the heart of suburbia breeding?feasting?-hardly any ants around.-any ideas.
Christine 18 February, 2014 14:02
Hi, I have found 2 very fastand shiny black/brown ones. They are only 10-12cm long and about 3 - 4mm thick. One was in my bedroom and the other was in the garden while digging. Do you think they were snakes or worms? Cheers Christine.
Discovery Centre 23 November, 2010 12:34

Hi Suryo, so little is known about the biology of blind snakes.  One possibility is that over winter large numbers of these snakes may rely on each other thermally to survive.  The other possibility is that some snakes are known to form large breeding groups in Spring.


Meaghan 25 November, 2010 17:39
I found a blind snake today near Cooyar, Queensland. There was also an egg beside it. How big are the blind snakes eggs?? This one would have to be 5-8mm long and maybe 3mm across, would this be blind snake egg??
Judie 27 November, 2010 01:11
There was one in our living room tonight. Thought it was a baby brown snake to start with. I'm sure the cats had a hand in bringing it in! I'm on the North Shore in Sydney, and have never seen one before. Don't necessarily want to see one again either!
Discovery Centre 29 November, 2010 10:24

Hi Meaghan, our Curator of Herpetology has said that seems small for a blind snake egg. However, their eggs can vary significantly in size, depending on the size of the species (larger species lay larger eggs) – some of the very small species have quite small eggs but this still seems very small if it was only 3mm across. Is it possible that this might be an insect egg? Blind snakes eat insect eggs and larvae.

Dennis 30 November, 2010 12:37
Alice Springs. Have you an N.T. page? I dug a silvery blue one up in my composted vegie garden. It was the fastest moving giant "worm" that I had ever seen. The local nature expert put me on the right track. According to further research these snakes are common in soft earth. I see Selina in Darwin had one.
Discovery Centre 1 December, 2010 09:20
Hi Dennis, if you see another one of these snakes, try and take a photo, we can then help you out with an identification.
Sarah 5 December, 2010 22:38
We found a blind snake in Austinmer NSW
Belinda 6 January, 2011 17:19
i found what i'm guessing is a blind snake whilst getting dirt out of my compost thought it was a snake at first but it kept trying to bury itself back into the soil. It was about a foot long hope not to see any others around.I live in the Sutherland area, Sydney
Justine 11 January, 2011 12:55
We had a blind snake in our basement last night after some rain. We are in Griffith NSW. It was about 30cm long and a uniform deep brown colour. It looked like a large worm at first!
Kathy 15 January, 2011 12:49
Hi we found a blind snake in our Woronora Heights (Sydney) garage this morning. Hubby thought it was a worm. After getting on the net we were relieved to find out it is completely harmless. It is now back in our front garden eating the ants (hopefully no termites). It was very cute and I am glad I didn't let my husband kill it. He was worried there was a big mother snake somewhere round.
jenny 29 January, 2011 15:29
Hi we found a blind snake last night on our back step we live near Katandra Vic, we knew it wasnt a baby brown as it didnt have the black markings on its head like others we have found, we took it to the vets to identify it but they had no idea what it was, we contacted a snake catcher and he met us in Shepparton and was able to let us know what type it was, thanks go to Craig for his help, he took it home then rang us back with more info on the Blind snake and then he released it
Craig 31 January, 2011 15:51
Hi as for the person above Jenny from Katandra Vic after they gave me the blind snake to identify for them I had a call from the kyabram fauna park asking me to go and collect another blind snake and I have been through my list of snakes and no where in the list does it tell me what the species name and code is so I rang the D.S.E. to find out but they have not heard of this snake and because it is not on their list these blind snakes may have to be destroyed which is not what i wish to do so can you help me with this problem and I am glad I could help you Jenny.
Jasmine 9 February, 2011 16:51
i was absolutely terrified when my 5 yr old son came out and told be there was a snake in his bedroom in Wasleys SA he had been bitten by a spider yesterday and now a snake in his room what next lol how long do these snakes live and is it normal for them to be this far south? could it be around above ground in the daylight because of the locusts that are everywhere at the moment? i would really love some more info if anyone could help
Discovery Centre 14 February, 2011 11:55
Hi Jasmine - We can't confirm that the snake in your son's bedroom was a blind snake based on the information you have provided. If you are able to get a photograph of the animal, do feel free to send it to us through our free identification service. It is advisable to treat any snake as potentially venomous without confirmed identification - please contact a local snake removal service for assistance, rather than approaching it yourself.
Sarah 19 February, 2011 11:24
I had an underground spotting in a dug-out home in Coober Pedy, SA. After some concern as to what exactly the little critter was, Dad managed to pick up this seemingly sedate wiggling creature with tongs and then set it free outside some metres away from the house. When released, dad realised that what had initially looked like a worm, moved much faster and more snake-like than was expected. A local friend mentioned Blind snakes, and after a good ol'google I found this page, and "wolah" I'm 99% sure it was a Blind Snake due to the tubular-like head and colourings (Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus - maybe?!). Being in a dug-out, I presume it is possible that I will continue to get these wiggly little visitors, due to their burrowing nature, however, whilst they are harmless to humans I am not particularly keen on welcoming them with open arms. What is the best way to handle them(when a dad is not present)to remove them from the dug-out? And, approximately how long do they live for? Thank :)
Discovery Centre 21 February, 2011 15:54

Hi Sarah, 

Sounds like your father handled it very well. Picking up with tongs & putting in a bucket to carry outside or even using a dust-pan broom to gently sweep it into a bucket is a good way of moving a blind snake without having to touch it while not harming it. A bucket is tall enough that a small blind snake will not be able to get up the sides. Very little is known about the biology of blind snakes, so to be honest I don't know how long they live for.

Debbie 15 March, 2011 12:57
We spotted what we thought was a snake while we were away on the weekend in Toolleen near Heathcote,Vic.It was silvery grey and moving very quickly but had a rounded head and tail which made us wonder if it was a snake at all. After googling we think it was a Ramphotyphlops proximus, also the fact that it was night time and we have alot of ants nests around the propery. It was a beautiful creature and hearing how they are not often seen, we think we are really lucky. We just wish we had taken a photo, didn't think of it during the initial panic!!!!
Trent 28 March, 2011 14:24
i got a blind snake
Tomoka 16 April, 2011 18:52
We came across one sbout 50cms long that looked exactly like a darker version of was 2pm in a rainforest in Mt Tambourine, Qld. and was crossing a path in semi-sunlight with light rain falling as well. This happened today....16th April. It was 15mm at least in thickness and extremely shiny...I actually thought it was the worlds largest legless lizard!!!!
Tim Offy 17 April, 2011 12:13
found a blind snake the other day near jeparit in victoria. strange feeling holding them
Anne Hunter 20 April, 2011 21:56
My step-daughter found a 40cm Blind snake here in Perth (WA) near her garage. It had been underground and when it appeared it was a creamy colour then started to change to a slightly darker shade. Didn't know what it was, so she took it down to her vet who confirmed what it was, and not at all venemous, because she was worried that her children might get bitten. Yes, they are a strange looking creature! She also lives near bushland which has many ants and scorpions etc.
Ramona Pratt 2 May, 2011 09:44
I stay in Guam and it's know for Brown tree snakes me and my family wennt camping and after coming home and unpacking noticed a browm thing under my bathroom carpet picked the carpet up and it looked just like a shinny worm but didn't move like a worm thought it was a baby tree snake but it looked very strange the head and back looked the same and really couldnt see the eyes cause so tiny you could also see it open it's mouth and a little tounge I'm really scared of snakes and wonder if one was in my home could there be more I have kids and don't want them in danger
Discovery Centre 2 May, 2011 16:13
Hi Ramona - without a photograph, we wouldn't be able to tell you what sort of creature you had in your bathroom. If you are located in Guam, you might like to contact a local wildlife authority or zoo for further assistance.
Georgina 3 May, 2011 19:53
Once when I was in Broome (WA) I found this blind snake It was so strange at the time I did not know it was a blind snake everyone ( the backpackers) thought it was a baby brown snake. We did not kill it though believing that it just may not be a brown snake. If you found one is there a chance that there could be more around?
Heidi 9 May, 2011 23:40
found a worm looking creature in my living room on 19 th floor in Shanghai! When wanting to remove the "worm" started to move in a snake like patern, that's when we noticed that it was very shiny, almost black snake of about 25 cm. Is it normal ti find one in Shanghai and on 19th floor!!! How on earth did it get here? Is there a chance we have a nest in our plants?
Discovery Centre 10 May, 2011 15:22

Hi Georgina,

Where you find one you may find more - there is likely to be a healthy breeding population in the area. Blind snakes are wonderful creatures but are seen only rarely, though more often after rain.

Discovery Centre 11 May, 2011 16:02

Heidi; sorry we can't really help with this; 19th-floor Shanghai snakes are not something we have expertise on - you might want to contact a local natural history museum for more information, such as the Shanghai Natural History Museum at

Hope this helps

nellie 3 July, 2011 12:10
foud a blind snake in my compost bin scared me at first . will he or she stay there?northern rivers nsw
Raylene 14 September, 2011 16:49
can you please tell me what to feed a blind snake my friends son has one and they are unsure what to feed it and how often thanks
Discovery Centre 23 September, 2011 08:43
Hi Raylene, blind snakes are protected in Victoria and they are not permitted to be kept by the general public. Many species of reptiles can be kept with permits, but not blind snakes. It’s also illegal to collect any reptiles from the wild without appropriate permits, and these are issued very judiciously. If your friend is in Victoria and has collected them from the wild, they’ll need to contact the Department of Sustainability and Environment and/or return the snakes to where they were collected. If they live outside Victoria, please ask them to check the regulations with the local wildlife authorities. The diet of blind snakes is mostly ants or termites, but most species prefer the eggs of bullants.
graeme 13 October, 2011 20:28
This is the second blind snake we have found.We first thought it was a baby brown snake.We then looked them up to discover what they were.We then let them go.We live in Finley N.S.W.
Jenna James 24 October, 2011 11:40
My cat has brought in a blind snake for the last 2 nights in a row, different ones, they were different sizes. i live on the central coast of NSW Australia.
Darren Hunt 21 November, 2011 13:07
I've just found a blind snake in my pool cleaner collector bag, unfortunately dead. At first I thought it was a baby brown snake that had had it's head bitten off or severed. Upon very close inspection you can just see it's mouth and tiny eyes. It's approx 30cm long & 8mm in diameter. It is brown with a silver underside. I live in Belrose NSW. BTW Great website!
Chirs 3 January, 2012 17:10
I always find heaps of them when i am digging up the garden and there eggs also. I live on the central coast NSW
Kylie 4 January, 2012 16:59
We found one this morning in my bedroom in Agery on the Yorke Peninsula (south Australia) Little bugga had me scared until I had him correctly identified
Sydney Lawrie 12 January, 2012 21:24
Found a dead one on Lower Eyre Peninsula (Tumby Bay, South Australia) earlier today and have seen them in the same area on our farm.
luka 14 January, 2012 16:09
i found one in NSW dead in my pool
Gail Shearer 15 January, 2012 09:56
We live in a little town caller Ariah Park in the Riverina region in NSW and last night one of my kittens carried in what we thought to be a brown snake then we found another slightly bigger one moments later inside my front door. My grandson captured and saved both and are now sitting on my desk so I can try to identify them with the help of google and pics above.. I feel I am safe to say that the 2 little slitherers in question are in fact blind snakes and shall be returned to the scrub without harm.. I have taken photographs but unsure how to post them on your site.
Discovery Centre 15 January, 2012 11:21

Hello Gail,

The Discovery Centre can identify specimens and objects that relate to Museum Victoria's Collections and Research areas of Science, Indigenous Cultures and Australian History and Technology.

Before submitting your identification request, please read our guidelines for using our identification service.

Follow this link to our on-line form and scroll to the end to submit identification requests – there is a section where you can also upload photographs.

joel 19 January, 2012 21:36
hi we found a snake heading towards my bedroom we took it to a snake handler and he told us it was a blind snake its now its in a tank with soil in it. it gapes around the lid not big enough to let the snake ecape though just want to know can we bye food for it hey ?
Discovery Centre 20 January, 2012 11:53

Hi Joel,

Blind snakes are protected in Victoria and they are not permitted to be kept by the general public. Many species of reptiles can be kept with permits, but not blind snakes. It’s also illegal to collect any reptiles from the wild without appropriate permits, and these are issued very judiciously. If you are in Victoria and has collected them from the wild, you need to contact the Department of Sustainability and Environment and/or return the snakes to where they were collected. If you live outside Victoria, please check the regulations with the local wildlife authorities. The diet of blind snakes is mostly ants or termites, but most species prefer the eggs of bullants.

Dale 5 October, 2012 23:09
My son just accidentally ran over what we have just identified as a blind snake. We are on the outskirts of Dubbo NSW. We all feel really sad. They are beautiful and interesting creatures.
Glen 23 December, 2012 10:01
This morning I have been watching through binoculars our "resident goanna' dig a hole and uncover a batch of eggs and begin to feast on them. I saw it eat about 4. I then decided to investigate and found the hole about 10 cm deep with another 4 eggs still embedded in the sides and one lying on the bottom. I removed it for closer inspection. It's 30mm long and 22mm wide, hard shell and whitish pink in color. I would like to know what animal laid it? I live in Glenrowan, Vic.
Charlie 23 December, 2012 10:02
Found long (24 cm) slender (3 - 4mm thick), pink all over, worm like blind snake on my front concrete footpath (came from under stairs??)at 3pm in afternoon 22nd Dec 12. From your pics think it is r. bituberculatus?? Have found a different species (i.e. legless lizards - could just see vestiges of front limbs??) last year, now this?? Has almost white lips/snout and end of tail is same rounded/blunt shape as head. Moves very fast and can rear up side of huge glass jar by about 2/3rds or more of its body length. Eyes appear to be under transparent lids?? Will try to take pic and then release....PS Forgot to mention I live near Tamworth, Northern NSW Slopes & Plains area.
Discovery Centre 23 December, 2012 10:37
Hi Charlie, if you can get some good quality images please feel free to email them to and let us know they are for enquiry number 23877. It sounds like you know your blind snakes but do be very careful getting images just in case it is a juvenile venomous snake that looks a bit like one of the blind snakes.  
Lauren 4 February, 2013 02:08
I found a blind snake in Darwin,i thought it was a giant worm and went to feed it to the chickens, they didn't want it and ran away. So i decided to get a photo, then i saw it tongue poking out and when was holding it it kept wrapping around my fing also when it was on the shovel it kept tangling itself into a knot and then unravelling. I could see 2 tiny black dots for their eyes. The vet confirmed it was a snake and sent it to the wildlife park. It was about 25cm long and 3mm wide and she said it might be an adult blind snake. Thought it bit me but i must've just thought it.
Simone 9 March, 2013 22:36
I live in Alice Springs and while digging up grass around my Citrus trees I uncovered what I thought was a bright blue worm. It was very shinny and by its movements then thought it to be a legless lizard but was a bit confused when i saw it stick its tongue out. Didnt think it was a snake as it head and tail where both very round. I also dug up several cockchafer lavra, would it be eating these? I did release it again and now relieved to see that it could be a blind snake. Wish I did get a photo as it was very beautiful.
Rheanna Harrison 29 March, 2013 15:06
i live in far north queensland and have been catching (not keeping) theese little cuties for years. i was woundering what species i would be finding and a bit about them, their certainly not rare in my area :/
Discovery Centre 14 April, 2013 11:34

Hi Reahenna,

Depending on where in Far North Queensland you are, the blind snake could be one of half a dozen species. A more accurate location could narrow it down, and a picture may help but it usually doesn't with blind snakes - you usually have to count the scales to be sure of the species. A useful tool is the Atlas of Living Australia website  in which you can search by location. This will give you all the species recorded within 10km of your location.

Julie 9 May, 2013 08:07
9 years ago I had a blind snake wriggle out from under my lounge room chair in Echuca, Victoria. It was identified by a local vet. Never seen them around here before and I assumed it had come in a truck load of gardening soil we had delivered and dumped near my front door. We have plenty of Brown and Tiger Snakes here so this new species was quite a surprise!
Yolanda 24 July, 2013 10:32
Can you please tell me how thick these blind snakes are? I found what I thought was a .Ramphotyhops Proximus, dark brown very shiney, blunt at both ends and it behaved exactly like a worm when I disturbed in in my veggie patch. It was about 30 cm long and 25mm thick.No mention from you in the above comments that I can see. I live in capalaba qld. Thankyou
Discovery Centre 26 July, 2013 15:35

Hi Yolanda - according to "The Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th Edition" by Harold Cogger, species of the genus Ramphotyphlops are all similar in appearance and vary externally in minor features such as scale pattern and arrangement, colour and relative proportions; the thickness doesn't appear to be used for a diagnostic characteristic of each species as it would probably vary between individuals due to factors such as age, if the individual was pregnant or had recently eaten, or other reasons. The only way to be certain of the species would involve observing and counting scales.

Hope this helps.

Matt 26 September, 2013 15:27
Hi I was just wondering where you will find a blind snake in Australia?
Philippa 20 October, 2013 15:07
We found a blind snake in our bush land. We had the vet identify it as we had never seen one before and thought it may be some huge worm! Unfortunately the snake died shortly after we found it. If we found one in the dirt, what are the odds of there being more around? Have read they eat termites. A friend I would gladly have in my garden! Many Thanks...
Lynette 25 October, 2013 21:12
I find these every spring and summer in my pool. Hope you can open it and tell me is it a blind snake,I always thought they were baby browns the dangerous ones as have had a few of the larger browns.
Discovery Centre 29 October, 2013 10:01

Hi Lynette,

Yes, it is definitely a blind snake in the photo, and it is harmless.

Logan 4 November, 2013 10:11
Hi, I found one of these snakes under my basketball hoop in Florida, I have looked them up and it says that they have been wide spread due to people bringing them to the states. I got them in a bottle but then released them I thought they where very neat!
Kate 9 November, 2013 21:04
Hi - My husband has found what we think (and hope) is a blind snake in sand underneath our house. We live on the Central Coast in NSW. The snake is approximately 8cm long and is brown on the top and pink/transparent on the bottom. It moves like a snake and is able to climb up the side of the container. The snake also has been flicking out it's tongue. We are thinking about contacting the Reptile Park tomorrow to get further feedback.
Discovery Centre 10 November, 2013 16:03

Hi Kate,

It does sound like a blind snake from your description, but if you are concerned about both the safety of you and the snake then certainly contact the reptile park to make sure.

Chris 11 November, 2013 10:32
Just rescued a small snake from my pool skimmer box. I thought it was a leg less lizard at first but then noticed the forked tongue & snake movements. From the pictures & descriptions it definitely appears to be a Blind snake. I live in northern Wollongong & have just read a reply from someone living in the same area.
joseva 12 December, 2013 00:46
i'm right in Fiji and its very difficult to find snake in my country,we were going fishing and then looking for bait, while looking for bait we found it was just like an earthworm and me uncle thought it was a leg less lizard but thanks to this site it's just a confirmation that it is indeed a snake..WOW..awsome..
Nikki Siemek 4 January, 2014 01:44
I live at Yulara, which is the town at Uluru (ayers rock). Tonight I went out tracking animals and came across what I thought was a different snake track. I eventually tracked it down and came across this beautiful little creature, I couldn't help myself I had to hold it, and it wrapped itself around my hand. I was not quite sure what it was as it moved like a snake by I could tell by the way it moved that it was blind. Thanks for your pics and info now I know what it was.
Lyn Kapor 7 January, 2014 23:27
I live Oakford Western Australia and thanks to this site have confirmed that the wormlike creature I found in the dog's water bowl this morning was a Southern Blind snake. Disappointing it was dead although I believe that the dog may have had something to do with that.
Discovery Centre 8 January, 2014 11:19
Hi Lyn, glad we were able to help, pity about the death of the snake!
Matthew Gates 30 January, 2014 23:06
Just had a blind snake crawling across our lounge room floor in Murray Bridge South Australia. My wife would like to know if there was one would there be more around? Scared the crap out of her and is now convinced there must be more and is worried even though they are harmless.
Discovery Centre 2 February, 2014 13:20
Hi Matthew, there may be other blind snakes in the area if there are good food resources but we don't remember having received any reports of multiple examples of these snakes being found in someones home. They are usally fairly rarely sighted and are incapable of biting. In fact the Queensland Museum suggests that they are more likely to vomit their last meal on you as a defence. Of course without wanting to scare your wife even more, if you see a snake in the house don't immediately assume it is a non-venomous blind snake, be very careful of other possibilities.
Catherine Roberts 7 May, 2014 20:45
Hello I found a dead blind snake today at work,Im a school gardener,it matches description of the australis,beautiful specimen,Im in Kambalda WA
Annette Varnes 11 May, 2014 22:03
Was digging out the papaw tree that had taken up residence in my compost bin here in Townsville. I had the misfortune to unearth three blind snakes from among the tangled roots. Two were a beautiful blue and the third a dark slate. Sorry, I didn't photograph them as I was more concerned about keeping them unharmed. Never seen the blue ones before.
Discovery Centre 12 May, 2014 10:25

Hi Annette,

The blind snakes sound fascinating. Unfortunately we can't assist with any identifications without a good clear image of the snakes. All the best!

Edwina 14 June, 2014 21:43
Last night a blind snake was on the damp pavers outside the homestead at Sturt Vale,east of Burra in South Australia.
Jeff 5 September, 2014 01:50
A friend and I stumbled across one of these on the Jardine Juniper trail in the mountains of Northern Utah. Is that a strange place for these snakes to be?
Discovery Centre 5 September, 2014 14:10
Hi Jeff, blind snakes can be found in Utah but the species shown on this page are only found in Australia. If you got any pictures the Natural History Museum in Utah might be able to help you with an identification.
shahzore iftikhar 15 October, 2014 04:45
hi,i want to know is that snakes are also in pakistan because i caught a similar sort of a snake last week and kindly tell me what they eat
Nicole 10 November, 2014 14:51
I found one of these blind snakes (Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus) in my laundry/toilet funnily i was sitting on the toilet when it slithered in it gave me a fright needless to say i was in the right place at the right time! After capturing it on further inspection i realized it wasn't a baby eastern brown snake as first thought. it was about 8 inches long is it possible there will be more around the house or just a rare thing to happen?
Discovery Centre 17 November, 2014 10:10
Hi Nicole, Blind Snakes are not uncommon and are particularly familiar to people who turn over logs in the bush looking for reptiles. The characteristic of this group is the 'tooth' on the tip of the tail. If you have one it may mean your area is a good habitat for the species, so if sufficient food is avaialble there may well be more. But the attraction to the area is the habitat and food supply, rather than the presence of other blind snakes.
Nicki 10 November, 2014 14:53
I found one in my house in Nangiloc VIC near Mildura
Angela 13 November, 2014 19:57
Have any blind snakes been seen it ringwood
Rosco 29 November, 2014 09:13
Watching TV this morning and a small snake, about 15cm like the first pic came out from under a mattress on the floor, looks like it's missing the end of it's tail, like a big earth worm with eyes. I'm in Margaret River W.A and we've had rain lately. If they like ant and termites it's no surprise it's here, I have the perfect spot it and hope there are more.
Gilo 10 December, 2014 12:39
Found Ramphotyphlops australis in pool after 7 days of thunderstorms and rain, also 2 funnel webs the next day
Leanne 8 January, 2015 12:16
I live in Stroud NSW and had a blind snake in our hallway/office at 10.30pm on Tuesday night scarred the hell out of me, hope there is no more.............
Cissy Wolgar 10 January, 2015 02:44
We my family and I have just found or what we may think it to bros a blind snake under a parents bed my mother was getting something out of a drew and sew it go under the bed we in panic mob started pulling out things and there bed till my brother found it. It is now 11:40pm and everyone don't know weather there is another in the hous my question do they lay eggs? Is there a reason they can be found in our house? (Kalgoorlie WA).
Kris 1 April, 2015 00:47
I just found one crawling into my bathroom door, I think it's going there. And yes, this snake's laying eggs. But what I've read, it's nonpoisonous, but still quite creepy if crawling in my bodies, my I just throw ed outside on my yard.
Daryl Akers 5 April, 2015 07:47
My nephew found this dead Blind Snake in the driveway of his small property a few miles north of Shepparton. It was after heavy rain & he presumes it must have been flushed out of the ground & he must have run over it in the dark. It was a slatey grey colour, with dark head & a conspicuous spine on its tail. Probably about 20 cm in length but a bt difficult to measure as he had placed it in a jar of metholated spirits & it was too brittle to straighten out. Thinking it may be possibly Ramphotyphlops proximus or Ramphotyphlops nigrescens but just guessing really. Is there some way I can attached the photo for a tentative identification?
Discovery Centre 5 April, 2015 10:49
Hi Daryl - we can certainly have a go if you have a nice clear image; if you go to our Ask the Experts page and scroll to the bottom, you'll see a form where you can lodge an enquiry and upload your photo, and we will have our experts do their best.
Alex 12 May, 2015 02:28
Where are the Ramphotyphlops Braminus
Discovery Centre 12 May, 2015 12:36
HI Alex - according to the Seventh Edition of the Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia by Harold Cogger, Ramphotyphlops braminus is an introduced species of blind snake not commonly found in Victoria, with the distribution currently in discretion parts of Qld, NT and northern WA. This is why the species is not included in this series of Information Sheets on the Snakes of Victoria.
Linda Mercer 26 June, 2015 06:04
Looked up baby snakes to ID one that I found in the root ball of a deceased holly,looked like a big form at first until I saw the head. Looked like "proximus". Problem..I live in West Virginia mountains in US. Anything look like that here?
Discovery Centre 28 June, 2015 09:43
Hi Linda - you'd probably need to check with your nearest Natural History Museum for information on what you found, as our expertise doesn't extend to wildlife of the USA. You could perhaps try the West Virginia University Natural History Museum.
Jessica 25 July, 2015 16:03
My partner found what looks to be a blind snack in lake macquarie area nsw unfortunately it had died but we placed it in a jar so our dogs won't eat it (at the time didn't know what it was) after closer inspection it looks like it has 2 small legs. Do blind snakes have this?
Discovery Centre 26 July, 2015 15:33
Hi Jessica, can you please send us some images and we will have the experts take a look! You can send the images to and quote your enquiry number DC ENQ 41973.
Brad 14 September, 2015 20:53
My 11 year old son found a "worm" at the McDonnell Range caravan park. Watched it for about 2 minutes before we realised he had caught a snake. About 8 cm long, black with a white/light grey head. Amazing. Got some video and images. Made his day.
Lauren 15 October, 2015 21:34
My cat has just brought in the 5th one of these in a couple of weeks - glad to know what it is! She doesn't hurt them just likes to show us. Why so many around Dudley (Newcastle)? He made a pretty stinky smell but no drama - didn't think they were found on the coast. I have a photo if you're interested in looking at it! ☺
Jake 30 October, 2015 23:42
Yesterday I was cleaning the leaves from the gutters on our roof& the leaves from the drain in front of the garage. I found 2 of what I identified from your photos as Ramphotyphlops proximus(very small about 200mm) One in the gutter& the other in the drain. Both were alive& well. I live in Perth, WA... 5km from CBD& nowhere near a park or bushland. Is this common? As there doesn't seem to be a lot of comments or sightings from Perth or any city centres. Also,do snakes actually live in roof gutters? Cheers.
Discovery Centre 7 November, 2015 16:25
Hi Jake,

Firstly, blind snakes are notoriously difficult to identify and definitely can’t be accurately determined from photos. Mid-body scale row counts and facial scale arrangements are needed to ID them to species.

After a recent revision, all Australian blind snakes have been designated to the genus Anilos. Your snake would most likely be Anilos australis, a small robust species common in Perth area.

Although fossorial they have been known to climb to reach ant nests off the ground (they feed on ant larvae and eggs exclusively). If there is moisture in your gutters they may have been attracted for that reason.

Alternatively they could have been found by a bird and carried up there. They excrete a foul smell when harassed so the bird might have decided they’re not palatable. But this is unlikely given you found two of them. Interesting observation anyway.

Karen 1 December, 2015 19:03
I think I found a blind snake in our pool on the ridge above Umina Beach, Central Coast, NSW. Probably ~30cm - untangled himself and was happy to be placed in the loose soil of the neighbour's garden. Let me know if you want me to send the photos or short video.
Jelo Chady 31 May, 2016 11:26
I encountered a blind snake underneath our potted plants it was kinda huge its about a feet and half is it venomous? Because it happen to bit me at my arm but its not that painful the wound is not that deep but another question is it normal for a blind snake to be found here in philippines ?
Discovery Centre 14 June, 2016 12:16

Hi Jelo,

Blind Snakes (Family Typhlopidae) are all non-venomous. The genera Ramphotyphlops and Typhlops occur naturally in the Philippines and feed on insects and other small invertebrates. Some species can grow to 90cm (3 feet) but most are less than 30cm (1 foot).

Prachi 20 September, 2016 09:03
Hi, I wanted to know how do you distinguish a blind snake from a Gymnophiona amphibian? Are the eyes of blind snakes covered with skin or bones?
Discovery Centre 21 September, 2016 11:44
Hi Prachi - we asked our expert staff from the Live Exhibits team here at the Museum, and they have responded as follows: Blind Snakes are reptiles and therefore their eyes are not covered with bone or skin but with a transparent ‘spectacle’ that is shed during moulting. As burrowers with a greater need for smell than sight, their eyes are probably used for light detection. Caecilians (Gymnophionans) are amphibians and their eyes are covered with skin to protect them whilst burrowing, so that they appear to be blind but are not – although their sight is probably restricted to only detecting light and dark. Blind Snakes occur in Victoria and much of the rest of Australia, whilst Caecilians do not.
Lorraine kuno 13 October, 2016 11:04
We have just found a blind snake in wakool nsw, it is beautiful and a good find we are making sure it will be safe 😉
stuart cameron 1 November, 2016 16:02
just found one when transplanting a palm at cape hawke forster nsw - was living in the roots of the palm - hopefully will stay with it ad eat some of the ants here :-)
Neil Wedlick 13 November, 2016 15:21
I found three blind snake yesterday while fossicking in local bush land.Have taken photos. I believe they are(ramphotyphlops nigrescens).Very interested in the find.
Trevor Hopkins 7 January, 2017 18:46
I witnessed yesterday a Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops australis) being killed and eaten by a Redback spider - it was quite amazing! I've written an account of it here:
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