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Claw-snouted blind snake

claw-snouted blind snake (Anilios unguirostris)
Moranbah, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Anilios unguirostris - (Peters, 1867)
Pronunciation  ann-NIL-ee-oss   UN-gwee-ROSS-triss
Etymology  Anilios: "The derivation of the generic name Anilios was not provided by Gray (1845), although Savage and Boundy (2012) suggest it was derived from the Greek an- (lacking) + helios (the sun)." (Shea 2015)
unguirostris: 'claw-beaked'.1
Other names  Ramphotyphlops unguirostris 
Total length
Species avg: 40 cm
Species max: 70 cm
Clutch size
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


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