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Leeward blindsnake discovered on Sint Eustatius

Alice van Duijn - 22 April 2020
Antillotyphlops geotomus, head (dorsal) / Photo: Roland Butôt

On Sint Eustatius a new endemic vertebrate for the Dutch Caribbean was recently discovered: the Leeward Blindsnake, Antillotyphlops geotomus, a small snake with the appearance of a rainworm. The species was known only to occur on four British islands in the Lesser Antilles: Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Together with the Red-bellied Racer (Alsophis rufiventris) it is the second native snake for Sint Eustatius.

Source: 

Wagensveld, T. van, Staa, S. van & R. Butôt 2020. Discovery of the Leeward Blindsnake, Antillotyphlops geotomus (Thomas, 1966), on St. Eustatius, Caribbean Netherlands. Caribbean Herpetology 69: 1-3.

Wagensveld, T. van, et al. (2020). Mysterieuze nieuwe blinde slang ontdekt op Sint Eustatius. Nature Today. [link]