Physical characteristics

These small snakes have blunt heads, short tails, and cylindrical bodies of uniform diameter. The mouth is short and slightly subterminal, the eyes are small, and the spectacle is reduced or absent. Both species have 17-19 scale rows (scale row formulae of 17-19-17, 17-17-17, 17-17-15 reported) and the number of ventrals ranges from 222-252 in A. leonardi and 236-248 in A. weberi. In keeping with its short tail, there are only six to eight subcaudal scales.

Close-up of a false blindsnake head (Anomochilus leonardi) from Sabah, East Malaysia. (Photo by Dr. Indraneil Das. Reproduced by permission.)

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