Image source: Kenny Babilon
Range: African rift Valley region, from South Sudan through Uganda, Kenya, and the DRC to Tanzania and extreme eastern Zambia
A Rift Valley native, Emin Pasha’s worm snake is found in a broad elevational range (0-2200 meters) within regions from southern South Sudan to the southern end of Tanzania. It can grow up to 16 cm in length, extremely narrow-bodied with a slightly flattened but otherwise cylindrical head and a short tail with a ventrally recurved spine tip. Midbody scale row count is 14. Coloration is overall dark brown to jet black, but possesses spots of white along the lips and chin and a white cloacal shield.
Habitat: Native to savannah environments or patchwork grass/woodland regions, where it lives underground in holes or cracks and rarely emerges at night.
Prey: Soft-bodied invertebrates, especially ant and termite larvae.
Lifespan and reproduction: Lifespan unknown, likely less than 7 years. Oviparous.