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Somma, L. A. and P. E. Skelley. 2007. Geographic Distribution: Ramphotyphlops braminus (Brahminy Blindsnake). USA: Florida: Volusia Co. Herpetological Review 38(4):490.


RAMPHOTYPHLOPS BRAMINUS (Brahminy Blindsnake). USA: FLORIDA: VOLUSIA Co.: New Smyrna Beach. 23Septernber 2006. Collected by Stacy Simmons. Verified by Kenneth L. Krysko, Florida Museum ofN atural History, University of Florida. One individual found on floor of residence. UF 151313. First county record. Originally turned in to Division of Plant Industry (DPI) , Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville, Florida, as a "worm for ID" on 27 September 2006; Entomology Log No. 6879. It is not clear if this single specimen indicates an established breeding colony in this county. However, this invasive, parthenogenic exotic is established in other Florida counties and other regions of the world through its ability to disperse in the soil of transported potted plants (Ernst and Ernst 2003. Snakes of the United States and Canada. Smithsoniari Books, Washington and London; Meshaka et al. 2004. The Exotic An1~ phibians and Reptiles of Florida. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida).