Line-blind Snake Seen after 172 Years

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The National Parks Board’s (NParks’) National Biodiversity Centre staff recently discovered a line-blind snake, Ramphotyphlops lineatus. The snake is reported to have been last seen in 1847.

Dr. John Van Wyhe, a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore discovered the reptile’s body at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

According to a report published in, “Science has identified some 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes on Earth, but scientists estimated there are more left to discover, and new species are constantly discovered and described.”

The other rarely seen species which have been seen again in Singapore are Two-Toned Blackwater Mud Snake, Smooth Slug Snake, Neptune’s Cup Sponge, Wasp Mimic, and Eosmallota Singularis (Flower Fly).

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