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Epictia diaplocia

Range: Amazon Basin, eastern Peru


Despite the common name of “Common Peru Blind Snake,” this species seems to have very sparse accessible records and little available information on it. Recorded only from the Peruvian lowlands of the Amazon basin (though conceivably present in neighboring Brazil), this small snake grows to only around 15 cm in length, with a slender cylindrical build and slightly flattened, equal-width rounded head and blunt, short tail tipped in a small spine. Dorsal scale count is 205-233, scale row count 14 reduced to 10 caudally. Coloration is a relatively uniform deep gray to black, scales darker-tipped to create an appearance of stripes down the dorsal surface in some. The ventral surface is a paler tan or gray, and small yellow blotches each adorn the tip of the snout and tail, the latter extending ventrally a short ways. Other than in range, exact details of traits that separate this species from its closest relatives are unreported in accessible literature (type description is not online and not translated, as well as originating before many species in the genus were adequately described).


Habitat: lowland rainforest, in leaf litter, termite nests (including up into tree trunks), or loose soil.


Prey: likely small soft-bodied invertebrates such as ant and termite larvae.


Lifespan and reproduction: lifespan unknown, likely under 10 years. Oviparous.


Sources: copyright

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