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. There are many kinds of blind snakes in Thailand, and also some small legless skinks that resemble snakes.

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: 1 August 2019)

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:

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


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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.

70 thoughts on “Brahminy Blind Snake – Non Venomous – Not Dangerous

  • June 25, 2010 at 4:16 pm
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    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.

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    • July 14, 2019 at 12:11 am
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      I find this red snake like creature coming out of a small dot like hole in the staircase. Tried sealing it then it pops out of another place in the same area. I guess that particular part of the stair has a gap and merges with the soil below. They reappear every year. It’s not nice to see them indoors.

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      • July 16, 2019 at 10:19 am
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        They’re harmless, and many people have them in their homes. Just sweep it out the door with a broom. :P

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  • July 23, 2010 at 2:09 am
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    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

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    • July 23, 2010 at 2:38 am
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      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.

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      • September 15, 2017 at 7:24 am
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        Not really! I found one my bed and so did my daughter.

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      • August 24, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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        How can i get them to go away, i hate seeing this in my house

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        • August 26, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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          The usually come through holes in the foundation of your home, or through the pipes leading to drains in your home. Pretty impossible to create a mess that is so fine it prevents them from coming in.

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    • June 11, 2017 at 7:12 am
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      I am from “Bangladesh” . The name of my city is “Rangpur” .
      Sometimes i have found this kind of little dark color snakes at our living rooms ground. Not only that often it discovered at our bathrooms & toilets. it looks like black or dark color as an “earth-worm” . those snakes are very fast and small.
      first time i learn about that type of snake from this web sites, before visit this site we believe that this type of snake is very dangerous and it contains deadly poison and venom.

      thanks for sharing info …

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      • February 19, 2019 at 11:33 am
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        I didn’t think they climbed either until I saw one on my kitchen counter. My husband threw insect pellets in yard and it helped get rid of them, but they were back next year.

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      • March 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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        My son just found one in our bathroom and we freaked out and killed it.

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  • December 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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    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?

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    • December 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm
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      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.

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      • July 9, 2018 at 8:05 am
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        Hi Vern, please send me your email so I can send you a video of what I just saw in my bathroom. I’m so scared of snakes I can’t sleep 😭

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  • August 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm
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    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?

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  • July 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm
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    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.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm
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    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 ?

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    • August 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm
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      Not true of this snake. It likes the ground, not ears or brains. Promise!

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  • November 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm
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    THANKS FOR THE INFO, I SAW ONE,THINKING IT WAS AN EARTHWORM, SO I PICKED IT UP, BT LATER, I WAS SUPPRISED WHEN I SAW ITS TOUNGE. THEN I KILLED IT. NOW I HAVE TO SAY AM SO SORRY TO KILL IT, KNOW ITS NOT HARMFULL..

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    • November 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm
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      I don’t know what to say. They do look like worms at first, but even so, was it smart to pick it up if you don’t know what it is?

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      • February 14, 2018 at 6:31 am
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        Hi… I knw it wasn’t… But it was brave… Isn’t it? He u doing?

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  • November 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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    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….

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    • November 29, 2015 at 10:12 pm
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      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

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      • July 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
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        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.

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        • July 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm
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          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.

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    • February 14, 2018 at 6:33 am
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      Smiles .. They re very harmless. OK.

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  • June 3, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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    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

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    • June 5, 2016 at 8:52 pm
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      Send, Thailand snakes overlap with India snakes a bit.

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  • July 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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    Of This Snake Bite Anyone What Is Primary Cure For It??

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    • July 5, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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      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.

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      • July 23, 2018 at 1:25 am
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        blind snake bite my wife , now I reach
        hospital . are you suer not dangerous

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        • July 25, 2018 at 8:49 am
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          If it is the snake on this page, it is 100% harmless.

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  • July 17, 2016 at 11:18 am
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    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

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    • July 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm
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      If it is this snake, it is harmless. :)

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  • July 17, 2016 at 11:23 am
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    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

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  • July 24, 2016 at 12:04 am
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    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

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    • July 24, 2016 at 10:13 am
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      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.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 6:36 am
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    where can i find this snake i have been looking everywhere i am from california,los angeles,culver city

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  • September 19, 2016 at 10:44 pm
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    I shot a video of one near my home , in india ….just an hour ago

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  • September 20, 2016 at 11:26 am
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    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.

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  • October 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm
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    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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    • October 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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      They’re completely harmless… just seal up your stuff, or flick them out the door on a piece of paper.

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  • March 31, 2017 at 2:45 am
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    I am from Chennai, and In my house I am seeing one or two in a week. Since we are in ground floor, and drainage near house I am unable to close all the ways it’s coming in. Please clarify my concerns and suggest to avoid risks

    1. From reading this article and various other members queries, my fear is gone. I need suggestion, whether spraying antiseptic liquids or phenol in my bedroom entrance will restrict/ stop the entry of Brahminy snake
    2. In case if it entered into ears (I am having new born kid and we are sleeping in ground) whether it damages or deaf the ear – any ideas/ suggestion or first aid if it entered ear

    Please provide feedback

    Thanks

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    • March 31, 2017 at 11:11 am
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      If someone is sleeping on the floor, I guess it is possible to enter the ear. It would immediately exit the ear when it realized that it contains no food. The ear canal is too small to fit the body of the snake for sure, even a small one. Nobody will go deaf, unless you stick a hard instrument in the ear. You can simply drop water in your ear and it will leave.

      These snakes are completely harmless. They are very small and hard to keep out of pipes. There can be no harm to your baby or anyone else by this snake.

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    • June 4, 2018 at 1:48 am
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      Hi Ram murali, i am shanmugam and also from chennai. Me too have the same problem. Did you take any preventation to control or stop blind snakes?

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  • April 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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    If by any chance the snake enters the ears..and doesnt leave…what do i do….??

    This is just a WHAT-IF question..

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    • April 8, 2017 at 8:50 am
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      pour water in your ear for ten minutes – it will come out

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  • June 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm
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    I find this​ snake very often in my house,i live on ground floor and when i see it whether it is for 10 mins or an hour these snakes dont change their position,they stay at same place and keep moving their body at that same place only neither they go forward nor they go backwards i find it Everytime at that same place only in the middle of my bed room and no where else and only in morning and never at any other time. Can u plz let me know why is it so?

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  • July 18, 2017 at 6:23 am
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    Many thanks for the info,I found several ones in my ground floor,I used to kill it, but I’m so worried about my family,,I noticed in the last one ,it was about 10 cc,that when I got close to it,it raised its head,like the big snakes,is this normal?

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    • July 23, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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      I’m trying to remember if I saw one raise their head vertically off the ground. I don’t think I’ve seen it. Probably they can do it though – so no worries! Cheers man…

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  • July 23, 2017 at 3:17 am
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    Mesa Arizona – I found one on the floor near the entrance to my bedroom this morning (Not near an outside wall or bathroom). My drains are all closed and all overflow drains in the sinks and tubs are completely sealed shut. I have no idea how it got in. I put it outside but I am very afraid of bugs and critters. Now I am afraid to go to sleep.

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    • July 23, 2017 at 11:46 pm
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      they’re completely harmless – you need not be afraid. Like ants in your house… it’s not a major issue…

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      • July 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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        I find this​ snake very often in my house under my daughter’s pillow, i really get scared and i had killed it, because i had heard that it enters into our ears,
        I live on ground floor, can any one please tell me is it true that it enters our eyes and it harm us.

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        • July 27, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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          If it enters your ears (and I’ve NEVER heard of one doing it) – you can simply pull it out with tweezers. It’s not like it’s going to get past your ear drum.

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  • July 26, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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    I find this​ snake very often in my house under my daughter’s pillow, i really get scared and i had killed it, because i had heard that it enters into our ears,
    I live on ground floor, can any one please tell me is it true that it enters our eyes and it harm us.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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    Hello sir, I am from Bangladesh. blind snack really venomous or not venomous I want to know about you.and I also know about centipit

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    • August 26, 2017 at 11:59 am
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      Blind snakes are NOT venomous. Centipedes – yes, venomous and they bite and hurt like hell. Possibility for infection.

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  • October 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm
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    Hi, i’m from Malaysia, i stumbled with a worm like creature like the Brahminy blind snake, only his head resembles a hammerhead shark’s head. It is black in colour and about 0.5 mm in body diameter and less than a feet long. Do you have any records regarding this species? My boss said it was a planarian worm. I found it at visitor trail in Endau-Rompin National Park

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    • October 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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      I have seen them often. They are some sort of worm, not a snake. Quite amazing! I was just telling a friend about this, and he has never seen one in his garden. I find them in secondary and primary forest most often. When they move, they are like liquid – like black water, yeah? I find them fascinating, but I haven’t picked one up. You?

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  • October 27, 2017 at 11:17 am
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    Hello, I am seeing a lot of people on here saying they have found (and sadly killed) these awesome snakes, I am hoping someone who lives in an area that these creatures are native to can get in touch with me about catching some and sending them to me. I will pay.
    Thank You

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    • September 18, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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      Hi,

      I had to kill so many that creeped out of the cracks under the doorway. I live on the Ground floor. I have heard about it entering the ears and causing deafness or being harmfull for the birds that eat them. Maybe now that I know they are harmless, I’ll dispose them away and not kill them. How can I help you get these? I am from Bangalore India. I am not sure if it’s legal to send stuff like these abroad. If it is legal, I can help you.

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  • July 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    Hai sir I am Ramesh from Nethaji Snake Trust, South India, Tamilnadu, Madurai District, Usilampatti. We r Duing in Snake Research and Wildlife Rescue.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm
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    I am dhandapani. Often I find the tiny snake in my restroom . Are they harmful?. And heard that it secretes some fluid like substance and that causes some uncurable skin diseases like permanent patches over the skin etc . Please please tell me about that . And it is called sir paambu in tamil. Please tell me about it!!!!!!!!!

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    • January 6, 2019 at 11:01 am
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      Sorry, I don’t know anything about a snake that has this ability.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    We found one by the pool in Bradenton, Florida today. We were stumped because it appeared to have no discernible head but it had a tiny tongue flicking in and out. Found this website by googling “black snake with no discernible head.” Very interesting! Thank you for this great educational article to share with the kids!

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    • September 29, 2019 at 7:56 am
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      Sure! Glad you found it… these things are all over the world – couple different species.

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