Brahminy Blind Snake

Common Name: 
Brahminy Blind Snake
Scientific Name: 

Ramphotyphlops braminus

Small, Garden Variety Snakes

3-6 inches. Overall polished black or brown; no enlarged scales on belly; scales smooth; tail short and blunt.


Blind snakes burrow in loose soil, occasionally coming to the surface after or during rain. They have reached many parts of the world through transport in potting soil of nursery plants. They feed on ant eggs and pupae, and lay from 2-7 eggs.


Blind snakes were introduced to New Orleans during the 1990s, but have not yet been reported outside of the city limits. They are native to southern Asia.

Brahminy Blind Snake
Brahminy Blind Snake