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TEXAS BLIND SNAKE (NEW MEXICO BLIND SNAKE)

KANSAS: Threatened
FEDERAL: N/A
Scientific Name: Rena dissecta
CATEGORY: T&E
SPECIES CLASS: Reptiles
Date Listed: T 1987
Recovery Plan: No

Suzanne L. Collins, CNAH

SPECIES DESCRIPTION

The Texas Blind Snake has belly scales the same size as those on its upper body. This snake is uniform pinkish-tan in color. The eyes are tiny black dots. It normally grows to a length of 5-8 inches.

 These snakes are restricted to the southern row of counties along the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Texas Blind Snakes are nocturnal and secretive, frequenting ant burrows and moist areas having loose soil or sand where rocks provide cover.

SPECIES PROTECTION AND CRITICAL HABITATS:

Texas Blind Snakes are protected by the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act and administrative regulations applicable thereto. Any time an eligible project is proposed that will impact the species' preferred habitats within its probable range, the project sponsor must contact the Ecological Services Section, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, Kansas 67124-8174. Department personnel can then advise the project sponsor on permit requirements.

DESIGNATED CRITICAL HABITATS

As defined by Kansas Administrative Regulations, critical habitats include those areas documented as currently supporting self-sustaining population(s) of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife as well as those areas determined by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to be essential for the conservation of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife.

The following counties contain critical habitat for TEXAS BLIND SNAKE (NEW MEXICO BLIND SNAKE):
Barber
Clark
Comanche
Harper
Kiowa
Meade
Morton
Sumner