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Leptotyphlops kafubi

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Image Source: Jakob Fahr

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.



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