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Re: Shiny Black worms about 2-3 in. long and as thick as a string in my house in florida


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Posted by Cary on July 11, 2003 at 23:20:39:

In Reply to: Shiny Black worms about 2-3 in. long and as thick as a string in my house in florida posted by Nick on July 11, 2003 at 21:53:50:

Nick, your worm is actually a snake from Asia. (Click link at bottom of post for great photo) It was accidentally imported from Asia with some greenhouse plants, and now can be found in various tropical areas worldwide, including South Florida, as well in the occasional Northern greenhouse. Check out this article from Ohio State:
http://www.oplin.lib.oh.us/products/snake/fact%20pages/brahminy_blind/brahminy.html

According to the article:
-It may be the world's smallest snake, at 4-6", tops.
-All members of the species are female.
-They may lay eggs or have live birth.
-They burrow in the ground, just like the earthworms they resemble.
-They are not considered harmful to people or to the environment (they eat termites and other bugs.)
-Names: Common name is Flowerpot Snake
Scientific name is Ramphotyphlops (ram-FO-tuh-flops) braminus
-More info: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herpetology/fl-guide/rhamphotyphlopsbraminus.htm
-Cool Blindsnake skeleton photo: http://www.digimorph.org/specimens/Ramphotyphlops_braminus/whole/
So, Nick, you can just let the little guy go. If the blindsnakes become a problem, glueboards will trap them easily.



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