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Leptotyphlops kafubi

Image Source: Jakob Fahr

https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/617265

Range: Southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, eastern Angola, north-central Zambia

 

The Shaba blindsnake is a little-known species from south-central Africa, restricted to a handful of collections in northern Zambia and neighboring countries. Almost nothing is recorded of this species; estimates are that it grows to around 15-20 cm in length, slender and glossy, with a head slightly wider than the body and the tail short and blunt, but tipped with a small spine. Scale count midbody is 14, and coloration is a glossy brown-tinted silvery shade, slightly redder on the sides than dorsal surface. This species has previously been synonymized with L. emini; no information on primary distinguishing traits was found.

 

Habitat: Unknown, likely open sandy soils in patchy forested areas.

 

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

 

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

 

Sources: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/617265

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/104373-Leptotyphlops-kafubi

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