Typhlops brongersmianus

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Typhlops brongersmianus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Typhlopidae
Genus: Typhlops
Species: T. brongersmianus
Binomial name
Typhlops brongersmianus
Vanzolini, 1976
  • Typhlops brongersmai Vanzolini, 1972
  • Typhlops brongersmianus Vanzolini, 1976[1]
    (nomen novum)
  • Amerotyphlops brongersmianus
    Hedges, 2014.[2]
Common names: burrowing snake.

Typhlops brongersmianus is a harmless blind snake species endemic to South America. No subspecies are currently recognized.[3]


The specific name, brongersmianus, is in honor of Dutch herpetologist Leo Brongersma.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

T. brongersmianus is found in South America from the island of Trinidad south through mainland South America (east of the Andes) as far as Buenos Aires Province in Argentina. In between it is also known to occur in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

The type locality given is "Barra de Itaipe, Ilheus, Bahia [Salvador]" [Brazil].[1]


The diet of T. brongersmianus consists primarily of ants, termites, and possibly other arthropods.


This species is reported to be oviparous.


Because the original specific epithet was preoccupied by T. florensis brongersmai Mertens, 1920, this species was renamed to T. brongersmianus in 1976.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ "Amerotyphlops brongersmianus". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ "Typhlops brongersmianus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Typhlops brongersmianus, p. 39).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boos, Hans E.A. (2001). The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago. Texas A&M University Press. College Station, Texas. ISBN 1-58544-116-3. 
  • Hedges SB, Marion AB, Lipp KM, Marin J, Vidal N. 2014. A taxonomic framework for typhlopid snakes from the Caribbean and other regions (Reptilia, Squamata). Caribbean Herpetology (49): 1-61. (Amerotyphlops brongersmianus, new combination, and type species of Amerotyphlops, new genus, p. 43).
  • Vanzolini PE. 1972. Typhlops brongersmai spec. nov. from the coast of Bahia, Brasil (Serpentes, Typhlopidae). Zoologische Mededelingen [Leiden] 47 (3): 27-29 + one figure.
  • Vanzolini PE. 1976. Typhlops brongersmianus, a new name for Typhlops brongersmai Vanzolini, 1972, preoccupied (Serpentes, Typhlopidae). Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia [São Paulo] 29 (24): 247.

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