Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
from the May 19, 2008 Newsletter issued from near Vicente Carranza in the hot, arid Central Valley of Mexico's Southernmost State, CHIAPAS
A BLACK BLIND SNAKE
The next day Leuccio came to me with a plastic Coke bottle holding the little critter shown in my hand at the top of this page.
That's a snake. The head is at the top, the yellow-spotted end being the tip of the tail. The yellow spot might cause predators to attack the snake's tail instead of his head.
Leptotyphlops species are non-venomous, blind snakes found throughout North and South America, Africa and southwestern Asia, with about. 86 species being recognized. Otherwise our species seems to be little known.
By the way, my impression is that with the arrival of the wet season snakes are becoming easier to see and species other than Speckled Racers are emerging.