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Leptotyphlops howelli

Range: Coastal Tanzania to extreme southern Kenya

 

Kim Howell’s worm snake is rare and little studied, native to the coast of Tanzania around the Rufiji district. It grows to no more than 15 cm in length, thin and cylindrical with a semi-flattened head and blunt, relatively rounded short tail. Color is a glossy reddish brown, darker on the dorsal surface and fading to the belly. Scale row count is 14. This species is distinguished from its closest relatives by possessing no more than 237 count scales middorsal.

 

Habitat: Coastal mosaic or gallery forests, likely in leaf litter or loose moist soils.

 

Prey: Ant and termite larvae or other soft-bodied invertebrates.

 

Lifespan and reproduction: lifespan unknown, likely less than 7 years. Oviparous.

 

 

Sources: https://www.google.com/search?q=leptotyphlops+howelli&hl=en&authuser=0&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjeqo6v87veAhUKhrwKHRL_CEQQ_AUIEygB&biw=1366&bih=626#imgrc=HNhXL_fo1CdpOM:

http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Leptotyphlops&species=howelli