Typhlops trinitatus

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Typhlops trinitatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Typhlopidae
Genus: Typhlops
Species: T. trinitatus
Binomial name
Typhlops trinitatus
Richmond, 1965[1]
  • Typhlops trinitatus
    Richmond, 1965
  • Amerotyphlops trinitatus
    Hedges et al., 2014
  • Typhlops trinitatus
    Wallach et al., 2014

Typhlops trinitatus, commonly known as the Trinidad worm snake[3] or Trinidad burrowing snake,[4] is a harmless blind snake species endemic to Trinidad and Tobago. No subspecies are currently recognized.[3]


T. trinitatus grows to a maximum total length (including tail) of 24 cm (9.4 in).[4]

Geographic range[edit]

Found mostly on the island of Tobago, T. trinitatus is known from widely scattered locations, and from a single location on the island of Trinidad, which happens to be the type locality. This is described as "Trinidad [County of St. George], ... Arima Road, 3 miles above [north of] Simla [Research Station]".[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré TA. 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 trinitatus ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ a b "Typhlops trinitatus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Boos HEA. (2001). The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. xvi + 270 pp. + Plates 1-48. ISBN 1-58544-116-3.  (Typhlops trinitatus, p. 45 + Plate 1).

Further reading[edit]

  • 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 trinitatus, new combination).
  • Richmond ND. 1965. A new species of blind snake, Typhlops, from Trinidad. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 78: 121-124. (Typhlops trinitatus, new species).

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