Scientific Name : Ramphotyphlops braminus
Family : Typhlophidae)
Tamil Name : Seer pambu
Description: It is a glossy reddish brown or blackish brown snake which is the size of a worm hence the name. Closer observation reveals the presence of scales like snakes. Head is the same width as the body and tail is blunt with a small spine. Head is present without a neck and has two small dots which are its eyes.
Distribution and status: Common .Distributed in the whole of South Asia and introduced in other parts of the world.
Habitat and This species spend most of its time underground. It is seen under stones, flowerpots or in damp soil. It is also seen in bathroom and toilets.
Habits: It grows to about 12.5cm in length and is very active during rainy season. When handled it will writhe and defecate. Will poke with the tip of the tail in self defense.
Food: It feeds on ants, other small insects and their larvae.
Life cycle: Males haven’t been recorded and females can breed without males. It is one of the few parthinogenic snake known. It has been spread to several parts of the world by flowerpots and its soil.
Role in the environment: Though devoid of any role as it leads a subterranean way of life, it certainly has a biological significance to its existence.
Photo source: Dr. J. Subramanean