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Range: northwestern Africa, Eritrea and Somalia to Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Kenya


Known as Scortecci’s blindsnake, this species is often confused with M. macroyrhyncha and is found in the northwestern wooded highlands region of Africa. It grows to a maximum of 14.5 cm in length, with a short, blunt head and enlarged rostral scale and very narrow body profile and short, spine-tipped tail. Coloration is unpigmented fleshy pink on all sides. Scale row count is 14 midbody, 10 around the tail, dorsal scale count is 277-305. This species can be separated from its relatives by its relatively small size and low dorsal count, and fused occipital scales.


Habitat: montane and lowland woodlands and wooded savannah in litter and loose soils.


Prey: unknown, likely ant and termite larvae.


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



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