Brahminy Blind Snake – Non Venomous – Not Dangerous

Non venomous, burrowing snake native to southeast asia. Brahminy Blind snake is parthenogetic - can spawn young without males.
Brahminy Blind Snake – non venomous, burrowing snake native to southeast asia. Brahminy Blind snakes are parthenogetic – can spawn young without males.

VERY COMMON non-venomous snakes which are in nearly every country across the world. It is a myth that these snakes are venomous and deadly. Here in Thailand it is a pervasive myth.

These snakes resemble thin black worms in Thailand. They have a lot of energy when you pick one up. You will likely find them in soil in your potted plants or climbing up through your drain in your restroom.

Brahminy Blind Snakes are completely harmless.

(Page Updated: 7 September 2016)

Ramphotyphlops braminus (Brahminy Blind Snake)

Thai: (ngoo din ban)

Length: Up to about 6 inches (15cm)

Range: All over Thailand and much of the world, native to Southeast Asia. Transported across the world in potted plants.

Notes: These are ground dwelling and burrowing snakes. They are shy. They are easily eaten by many other predators like birds, monitors, and other snakes. The Red Tailed Pipe snake eats these snakes often. The blind snakes have very small eyes covered with a thin skin that protects them as they burrow through the dirt.

Many people have this tiny black snake come up through the pipes into their homes. We found dozens of them in our home, having come through the shower drain. They are completely harmless and yet there are rumors across the world that these are deadly snakes capable of killing humans with one bite. It is completely false. Do not kill these snakes, they are beneficial to the environment – they eat termite and ant eggs.

Active Time? Anytime. I have found them at night and daylight – under leaves or other litter on damp ground, and of course crawling up through our drains.

Food: Ant and termite eggs primarily.

Defensive Behavior: Flip around craziliy and will attempt to flee. The mouth is too small to inflict a bite on humans, and I have never seen one of these small snakes attempt to bite.

Venom Toxicity: No venom or means to inject it.

Offspring: An interesting twist here. Brahminy Blind snakes are all born female and need no males to continue the species (parthenogenic). They are parthenogenetic. When they reach sexual maturity they lay fertile eggs – and hence, are fully self-perpetuating the species. If there is one – soon there will be more! These snakes have populated much of the western world and can be found in Thailand, India, Hawaii, Louisianna, Boston, and other places in the USA and across the globe now.

My Brahminy Blind Snake Video 1:

Blind Snake Video 2:

Brahminy Blind Snake Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Typhlopidae
Genus: Ramphotyphlops
Species: R. braminus

Binomial classification:
Ramphotyphlops braminus

About Vern Lovic

Snake posts by Vern Lovic. Amateur herpetologist roaming about Thailand on field herping tours and events to find king cobras, kraits, vipers, corals, keelbacks, and other snakes native to Thailand. FYI - Thailand has over 200 snake species. Here's our latest book with detailed information on Thailand's 35 Deadly Snakes. "Is That Snake In Your House Dangerous? Identify Deadly Thailand Snakes In Under 5 Minutes!" INFO HERE.

29 thoughts on “Brahminy Blind Snake – Non Venomous – Not Dangerous”

  1. found one in my room and in our restroom!!I thought it was a worm so I killed the one in my room, the other I threw it outside. Thanks for the info, now I know they’re harmless…but gotta be careful!!! so the next time I see one..I’ll put it back to it’s habitat.

  2. just wondering,can this snake climb?like for example up to my bed because I freaked out when I found it in my room..hope to get some reply.thanks

    1. It can climb a little bit, only as high as it’s body. These snakes are dirt dwellers. They’re looking for dirt – not your bed! Unless your bed is reeeeeally dirty I don’t think you need to worry. They stay on the ground.

  3. While in Karon recently I found a small snake? millipede? that had a spade shaped head. could this have been a species of blind snake?

    1. Hi Jason, I have also found those things – they are more like worms – right? The spade shaped head is unmistakable. Very small – yes? VERY think – like the lead in a pencil – right? These are worms I guess – not snakes, quite odd things they are too! Thanks for writing. I have some photos of those things somewhere – might have to dig ’em out.

  4. I saw a small snake in my home and I killed it, and after a few days again I saw the same kind of small snake near my baby. I was scared, I took my baby away and I killed that small snake again. I hope it will not bite right?

  5. I saw two of the little Brahminy snakes coming out of my shower drain yesterday. Before doing anything, I closed up the shower and room, and I ran to google :)
    People have a tendency to kill first, which is unfortunate. Snakes are very useful and most are harmless. Besides, snakes are by nature very shy and afraid of human beings. I had a 3 ft garden snake living in my yard for a while. I left it in peace and it would watch me mowing the lawn from a distance. As I went from right to left, and left to right, I could see its head following me. Then one spring I didn’t see it anymore.

  6. I saw two of them recently, The first one I saw it was a long lengthy one, the second one was small, I am from Chennai, India. This is the first time I have seen this kind of a worm. My Mom and Dad called it a “Seiyyan” tamil name probably, I tried to learn more about this as my grandparents said, they may enter into human body through ears and hence damaging the brain ? Is that true ?


  8. Hi…
    I am from chennai… And my room is in ground floor…. And I m getting that type of snake regularly 2 or 3 times in week…. Some time in kitchen some time in bathroom… Even bedroom too…. I don’t know from Whr it is coming…. It look likes earth worm same… But when you try to kill or harm it…. They behaves different than earthworm…. They start running wd full energy… Just tell me they are harmful or not…. Cause some one told me they are much dangerous….

    1. These snakes are completely harmless. There are many rumors here in Thailand too that this snake is SO DEADLY. It’s false. Assuming you’re talking about the same exact snake. Make sure your Identification is accurate, and then you can be sure it is harmless in India and USA and all over the world.

      Cheers, Vern

      1. Yes, I find these occasionally and my Thai wife is convinced that they are absolutely deadly. I didn’t kill it, it went over the garden wall (to the neighbours!). I actually did find this one in a termite heap that I was exploiting for potting soil.

        1. LOL! You threw it into your neighbors yard… what a great neighbor you are! They eat termite eggs from what I’ve read. Harmless little things.

  9. Yesturday I found similar snake in play ground with slight grass surface. The length may be 30 cm and 6mm thickness. Looks very similar. I want confirmation. Can send the photo by mail.

    Place-Kaiga, Karwar, Karnataka, India.
    Date: 2/6/2016

    1. No cure. But, there is no problem either. This snake is entirely harmless and you have nothing to worry about. It would have a very hard time to bite you, the mouth is incredibly small.

  10. Me and my child was in kitchen sudden when i saw it was near to her leg.i don’t know it is bite her or not but i m very muchh worry i would i know that he bite or not what should i do any treatment ???i m from Chennai india

  11. Me and my child was in kitchen sudden i saw it was near leg of my child i m very muchh worry and don’t know bite or not how we know that bite or not if bitten then what we should do any treatment

  12. I am regulary finding this snake in my bedroom usually i sleep in the floor, by any chance will it enter into my ears? what should i do if i find one? or How to prevent from coming home

    1. There is a chance this snake will go into your ear if you sleep on the floor. All holes in your foundation and walls must be sealed. All pipes must have caps on them while you’re not using them.

  13. Saw one next to an ants nest at our house. It was a lot longer than 150mm more like about twice that length. Or would it have been a different species. Very worm like head.

  14. Hi Sir,

    I am from Chennai, India. I find this Snake quite often at my home. Be it in kitchen or bathroom which are in ground floor or at my bedroom(first floor). Is there any permanent solution to get rid of this? I did a pesticide control spray for this. From 2 to 3 of this type of Snakes a day now it has reduced to 1 or 2 a month. I wish to know how can i get rid of this.

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