Leptotyphlops jacobseni (Jacobsen's worm snake, Jacobsen's thread
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Jacobsen's worm snake can be identified by its small size,
rounded head and highly polished scales and it is entirely fossorial
(underground living) lifestyle. It grows to an average length of 16 cm and a
maximum length of 21 cm.
Distribution and habitat
This snake species is restricted to Mpumalanga. Its favoured
habitats are grassland and moist savanna.
Predators, parasites and disease
Eaten by other snakes and
Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern
Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.
Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of
Southern Africa. Struik Publishing, Cape Town.