Leptotyphlops distanti

Range: Northeastern South Africa to Swaziland and Mozambique


Distant’s Thread Snake is a southern African native, found across the northeastern corner of South Africa and into its neighboring countries. Specimens can reach up to 24 cm in length (average of 15) with a flattened head slightly broader than the rest of the body and bearing several large cranial scales, ad a short, spine-tipped tail. Scale row count at midbody is 14. Coloration is a distinct pale to dark silver-gray sheen, with lighter edges around each scale and a slightly paler ventral surface. Some specimens may be almost black in main color.


Habitat: Mesic regions across broad elevational distribution, under logs, large rocks, and in grass roots in open spaces or grasslands.


Prey: Larvae of termites and ants.


Lifespan and reproduction: Lifespan unknown, likely less than 7 years. Oviparous, lays narrow elongate ovular eggs.


Sources: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10799761



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