NEW MEXICO BLIND SNAKE
Photo © by Suzanne L. Collins
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Mexico Blind Snake
THREATENED SPECIES IN KANSAS
Length in Kansas up to 10 5/8 inches.
Found in southwestern Kansas in the counties that border Oklahoma, from Sumner
County in the east to Morton County in the west; also known from southeastern Kiowa
Harmless. A small, delicate serpent with dysfunctional eyes. Smooth scales. Uniform
pinkish tan above and below. Only snake in Kansas with belly scales that are identical in
size to rest of body scales. Tail very short and blunt. Young look like miniature adults.
Spends its entire life below ground; occasionally emerges on ground surface after
being washed out by heavy rain. Can sometimes be located by lifting large rocks. Breeding
probably occurs in spring, but is less dependent than other snakes on temperature and
rainfall because it lives beneath the surface. Up to six eggs are laid in cavities up to
30 inches below ground. Never bites. Feeds on ant eggs and termites.
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Text: Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
Photos: Suzanne L. Collins & Bob Gress
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