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Ramphotyphlops braminus

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Ramphotyphlops braminus
Ramphotyphlops braminus
The Brahminy Blind Snake burrows in the soil and leaflitter, and is found under rotting logs, leaves, and trash. Most often it is found in flower beds while gardening, and on sidewalks after rain. It is believed that it was introduced into Florida in the soil of imported plants. Being moved around this way in some parts of the world has earned it the name "Flower Pot Snake." The Brahminy Blind Snake often turns up in leaflitter or garden mulch. It feeds on the eggs, larvae, and pupae of ants and termites. It lays eggs or may be live-bearing. All individuals are female and reproduce unisexually, where the eggs begin cell division without sperm from a male. Up to 8 genetically identical female offspring are produced.
Comparison with other species: None, but it is frequently mistaken for earthworms. Although both are shiny, if you look carefully you will see that earthworms are segmented (i.e., they have rings around the body) and the Brahminy Blind Snake is not segmented. Neither can the Brahminy Blind Snake stretch itself out or contract like an earthworm
-The smallest snake in the world
other scientific names
•Eryx braminus – DAUDIN 1803
•Tortrix russelii – MERREM 1820
•Typhlops russeli – SCHLEGEL 1839
•Typhlops braminus – DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844
•Argyrophis truncatus – GRAY 1845
•Onychocephalus capensis – SMITH 1846
•Argyrophis bramicus [sic] – KELAART 1854
•Ophthalmidium tenue – HALLOWELL 1861
•Typhlops (Typhlops) inconspicuus – JAN 1863
•Typhlops (Typhlops) euproctus – BOETTGER 1882
•Typhlops limbrickii – ANNANDALE 1906
•Glauconia braueri – STERNFELD 1910
•Typhlops pseudosaurus – DRYDEN & TAYLOR 1969
•Typhlina braminus – MCDOWELL 1974
•Ramphotyphlops braminus – NUSSBAUM 1980

The Brahminy blind snake (Ramphotyphlops braminus ) Likely native to South Asia, but reported worldwide in Africa, including the Arabian Peninsula, Australia, India, Southeast Asia, China, Indonesia, the Phillapines, Mexico, the United States, and Central America. In California, recorded in Chula Vista. There are also unconfirmed reports from Los Angeles County at Marina Del Rey. Also established in Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, and Virginia, and reported from several other states
Habitat
Life Cycle
The Ramphotyphlops braminus has a simple life cycle as it is one of the two know snakes that reproduces asexually. A average adult is about 2 and a half to 6 and a half inches long. It has a life span of ten years. Since it reproduces asexually it does not need a male to reproduce this is good because there is no proof of a male Ramphotyphlops braminus ever to be found
All the snakes are females!
Ramphotyphlops braminus can be found in many parts of the country. It is not venomous and it is not harmful. Its adult size is 2 and a half to 6 and a half inches longs. And all of the Ramphotyphlops braminus that have been found till this day have been females. Every females lays eggs and does eggs are identical to the female that lay them. There is no record till this day that shows that a male has been found. It eats ants and termites and any little insects that it might find, it reproduces asexually and it spends most of its time under ground
The identical, no fun reproducing all female snake also known as
Ramphotyphlops braminus
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