Typhlops reticulatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Typhlops reticulatus
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Reticulate Worm Snake
Agryrophis reticulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Anguis crocotatus Schneider, 1801
Anguis nasutus Gmelin, 1789
Anguis reticulata Linnaeus, 1758
Anguis rostralis Weigel, 1782
Anguis rostratus Daudin, 1803
Ophthalmidion crassum Duméril in Duméril & Duméril, 1851
Typhlops leucogaster Wied-Neuwied, 1825

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Embert, D., La Marca, E. & García-Pérez, J.E.
Reviewer(s): Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
Typhlops reticulatus has been assessed as Least Concern owing to its large distribution and its preference for a broad range of habitats. No specific threats have been reported and this species is not undergoing significant population declines. No further conservation measures are required for this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This widespread snake is known from tropical South America east of the Andes, between 12º N and 14º S. This species is found in Colombia (with records from the Orinoquia and the Amazonia, and the mountain range of the Macarena), Venezuela (in the states of Falcon, Carabobo, Monagas, TF Amazonas, and Yaracuy), Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, Brazil, western Peru, and northern Bolivia (Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Pando, Santa Cruz, Tarija (Embert, 2007). The species has been collected in Ecuador (Esmeraldas; Dixon and Hendricks, 1979).
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; French Guiana; Guyana; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This genus consists of small fossorial species whose diet is mainly composed of earthworms and insect larvae. This species appears to be a habitat generalist, and is known to occur in habitats ranging from grassland, through shrublands, to forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting on this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. In places its distribution coincides with protected areas, probably providing small safeguards. Following an extrapolation of distribution for Bolivia (Embert 2007), the species may be present in several National Parks including Amboró, Carrasco, Estacion Biologica del Beni, Kaa-Iya, Madidi, Manuripi Heath and Noel Kempff Mercado. No further conservation measures are required for this species.

Citation: Embert, D., La Marca, E. & García-Pérez, J.E. 2010. Typhlops reticulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 May 2015.
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