English name: Flower’s Blind Snake
Scientific name: Gerrhopilus floweri (formerly Typhlops floweri)
Thai name: Ngu-din Hua Leuang
Description: To 23cm long. May appear to be a worm at first glance, but can be distinguished by its small shiny scales, eyes, and flicking tongue. Head is relatively flat and wide. Tail is blunt and lacks the sharp tail spine found in many local blind snakes. Coloration is predominantly black or blackish-brown above and pale brown below with creamy yellow from snout to chin and around anal region.
Similar Species: Roxane’s Blind Snake has a stouter body and a short tail.
Brahminy Blind Snake lacks the yellow snout and has a sharp tail tip.
White-headed Blind Snake is more slender and has a pale head and a sharp tail tip.
Slender Worm Snake is more slender, has white or cream on snout rather than yellow and a sharp tail tip.
Diard’s Blind Snake is larger, lacks yellow snout and has a sharp tail tip.
Blind snake species are difficult to distinguish from each other, so if you need more specific identifying markers you should use this key to the blind snakes in Thailand.
Habitat: Naturally found in evergreen forests, but also shows up in parks and gardens. Spends most of the time underground. Likely travels on the surface on rainy or humid nights.
Place in the ecosystem: This snake helps control insect and other arthropod populations by feeding on their larvae and pupae. It is eaten by larger fossorial snakes and other animals.
Danger to humans: Blind snakes are harmless – they have no venom and their mouths are too small to bite a human. When uncovered or picked up they tend to respond by wiggling vigorously and emitting a small amount of smelly musk.
Conservation status and threats: It is rarely seen due to its secretive habits but has no known conservation threats.
Interesting facts: Flower’s Blind Snake is endemic to Thailand, which means that it has never been found anywhere else. It is only known from a small area of the country, with records from Bangkok, Ayutthaya Province, and Khao Soi National Park.