Image: Blind Snake Illustration

Blind Snake Illustration

Blind Snakes live in south-eastern Australia. They are found wherever ants (their main food supply) are plentiful.

Creator:
Andrew Howells
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© Australian Museum

Notes

Blind Snakes live in south-eastern Australia. They are found wherever ants (their main food supply) are plentiful.

Blind Snakes eat ants and termites. They also eat the eggs and larvae of ants and termites.

To find their food Blind Snakes flick their tongue to taste and smell the trail of ants and termites. They follow the ants' trails to the nest. They rake ants and termites into their mouth with their top jaw and swallow their food whole.
Owls, feral cats, foxes and some snakes, especially the Bandy Bandy, eat Blind Snakes.

Blind Snakes move in a side-to-side swimming motion when above the ground. Below the ground they use tunnels made by insects.

Blind Snakes lay one to twenty round eggs each breeding season. Young Blind Snakes look after themselves.

Blind Snakes have very poor eyesight and their eyes look like very small dark spots on the head, giving them their name.

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1 comment

practicali - 3.01 PM, 23 January 2011
We just saw one of these in our backyard in Ocean Shores, Northern NSW. Is this a known habitat for them?

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