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Myriopholis adleri


Range: West Africa, from Senegal to Chad


Adler’s worm snake is a widely but rarely recorded species found in the northern edges of the African seasonal forest and northern savannah regions from Senegal on the west coast to at least Chad and the Central African Republic in central Africa. This species grows to at least 20 cm in length, with a moderately to extremely slender build. The head is just wider and slightly flatter than the neck, with a protruding and downward-sloping bulbous upper jaw and shield shaped rostral scale, and the tail is short and conical. Scale row count midbody is 14, 10 on the tail, and dorsal scale count is 340 or more. Color is dark brown dorsally, demarcated notably from the pale cream to white belly. This species can be distinguished from its relatives by the fifth vertebral scale behind the rostral, which is notably wider than the rest of the dorsal scales.


Habitat: Unknown, likely loose soils and roots of grass clumps or in termite mounds in savannah and dry forest.


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


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



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