Typhlops tenuis

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Typhlops tenuis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Typhlopidae
Genus: Typhlops
Species: T. tenuis
Binomial name
Typhlops tenuis
Salvin, 1860

Typhlops tenuis, now commonly Amerotyphlops tenuis, is a harmless blind snake species found in Mexico and Guatemala.[1][3] No subspecies are currently recognized.[3][4] Its common name is coffee blind snake.[1][3]

Geographic range[edit]

T. tenuis is found from Mexico (Veracruz) south to Guatemala (Alta and Baja Verapaz).[1][3] Earlier sources also include Honduras[2] whereas recent ones do not,[1][3][5] the Honduran endemic Amerotyphlops stadelmani was formerly included in this species.[6] The type locality given is "Coban [Cobán, Alta Verapaz] in Guatemala".[2][3]


The species occurs in moist forests, degraded forests, and agricultural land from sea level to 800 m (2,600 ft) above sea level. As a fossorial species, it is difficult to find, but it can be locally common.[1]

Conservation status[edit]

T. tenuis is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (v3.1, 2001).[1] Species are listed as such due to their wide distribution, presumed large population, or because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. The population trend is unknown. Year assessed: 2007.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lopez-Luna, M.A. (2013). "Amerotyphlops tenuis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T64295A3134462. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c McDiarmid, Roy W.; Campbell, Jonathan A.; Touré, T'Shaka A. (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 978-1-893777-00-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Amerotyphlops tenuis at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Typhlops tenuis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  5. ^ McCranie, James R. (2015). "A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed". Zootaxa. 3931 (3): 352–386. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3931.3.2. 
  6. ^ Amerotyphlops stadelmani at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 1 February 2017.
  7. ^ 2001 Categories & Criteria (version 3.1) at the IUCN Red List. Accessed 15 September 2007.

Further reading[edit]

  • Salvin O (1860). "On the Reptiles of Guatemala". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1860: 451-461. (Typhlops tenuis, new species, p. 454).