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Interior Blind Snake - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Ramphotyphlops endoterus
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 08 Aug 1997
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A small worm-like burrowing snake. Grey brown to reddish brown with a paler snout.


Known from Mutawintji and Sturt NPs in far north west NSW. Recent surveys have trapped this species west of Pooncarie in the State's south-west; and on Toorale NP west of Bourke.

Habitat and ecology

  • Nocturnal. Feeds principally on ants and termites.
  • Shelters in the ground, termite nests or under rocks and logs.
  • Found in red sandy soils in spinifex, Mitchell grassland or shrubland.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Known None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Predicted None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Known None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Known None