Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus

Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus
Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Leptotyphlopidae
Genus: Leptotyphlops
Species: L. dulcis
Subspecies: L. d. dissectus
Trinomial name
Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus
(Cope, 1896)
  • Glauconia dissecta - Cope, 1896
  • Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus - Klauber, 1940
  • Leptotyphlops myopicus dissectus - H.M. Smith & Sanders, 1952[1]
Common names: New Mexico blind snake.[2]

Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus is a harmless blind snake subspecies[2] found in the Southwest and southern United States and northern Mexico.


Geographic range

The New Mexico Blind Snake is found in the southern United States primarily in the state of New Mexico, but its range extends to southern Colorado, western Texas, western Oklahoma, eastern Arizona and south into northern Mexico.


When first described it was considered its own species, but it was reclassified to a subspecies. Recent research has once again considered it its own species, due to distinct morphological characteristics, but this reclassification is not yet widely accepted.


  1. ^ McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b "Leptotyphlops dulcis dissectus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=209587. Retrieved 30 August 2007. 

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