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Rhinotyphlops schlegelii (Schlegel's beaked blind snake)

Schlegel se haakneusblindslang [Afrikaans]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Lepidosauromorpha > Lepidosauria > Squamata > Serpentes (snakes) > Family: Typhlopidae > Genus: Rhinotyphlops

Rhinotyphlops schlegelii (Schlegel's beaked blind snake) [photo Arno Meintjes ]


Schlegel's beaked blind snake can be identified by it relatively large size, a beaked snout and small yet prominent eyes. It grows to an average length of 60 cm but may reach up to 1 meter in length.

Distribution and habitat

Found in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and southern Mozambique. Its favoured habitats are coastal forest and moist savanna.


Predominately eats termites and other invertebrates.

Predators, parasites and disease

Eaten by other snakes.


Oviparous (egg-laying), lays between 8 and 60 eggs in summer.



Medical importance




  • Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.

  • Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa. Struik Publishing, Cape Town.