“What is this? I found it randomly on my floor (I live in South Florida) and I’m genuinely confused,” states this reader concerning the round, long, worm-like organism pictured below.
“It’s not segmented like a millipede, and when probed it moves like a snake. I’ve sealed it in a plastic bag and attempted to cross reference what it is with Google searches, but I’m actually dumbfounded.”
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We can confirm that this is indeed not a millipede: if it was, it would be seemingly gliding across the floor in the video our reader sent in (linked below) due to its multitude of legs that would sit on its underside. Likewise, as our reader has stated, the creature is not segmented as a millipede would be.
Now, it turns out that our reader’s comparison of this creature to a snake is not just a simile; this creature is indeed a snake. In particular, we think that this is a brahminy blind snake. Often mistaken for an earthworm, the brahminy blind snake is a harmless, underground-dwelling snake that, as its name suggests, is blind. Despite that, it has two very cute eye spots on its head that look as if they were drawn on with a Sharpie.
Although they are quite rare, brahminy blind snakes have been known to turn up in people’s basements, or elsewhere in the home, and that is likely because they are seeking cooler shelter. Or they ended up there by mistake. In any case, all our reader needs to do is move this one snake outside. Infestations of brahminy blind snakes do not happen, so it would be a surprise if he found any more of these.
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To conclude, the creature our reader found is a brahminy blind snake. These cute critters are completely harmless, so he needs not worry for his health or safety. We wish him the very best.