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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Typhlopoidea

Familia: Typhlopidae
Subfamilia: Afrotyphlopinae
Genus: Rhinotyphlops
Species: Rhinotyphlops boylei

Rhinotyphlops boylei (FitzSimons, 1932)

Holotype: TMP 14695 (formerly VLKE 805), ♂, collected by A.M. Boyle on 28 May 1930.

Type locality: “Gemsbok Pan, Ghanzi District”.

Typhlops boylei FitzSimons, 1932: 38 [original combination]
Rhinotyphlops boylei — Marais, 2004: 280 [subsequent combination]

Primary references

FitzSimons, V. 1932. Preliminary descriptions of new forms of South African Reptilia and Amphibia, from the Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition, 1930. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 15(1): 35–40.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Rhinotyphlops boylei. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 3 January 2019.

Vernacular names
English: Boyle's Beaked Blind Snake

Rhinotyphlops boylei, commonly known as Boyle's beaked blind snake,[3] is a species of snake in the family Typhlopidae.[4][5] The species is native to southern Africa.[3]


The specific name, boylei, is in honor of "A. M. Boyle, Esq.", who collected the holotype.[2]
Geographic range

Indigenous to southern Africa, R. boylei is found from Damaraland in Namibia to western Botswana.[3]

Dorsally, R. boylei is olive-brown, the scales light-edged. Ventrally, it is pale yellow.

Adults may attain a snout-vent length (SVL) of 22 cm (8+1⁄2 in).

The scales are arranged in 26-28 rows around the body. There are more than 300 dorsal scales in the vertebral row.[3]

The preferred natural habitat of R. boylei is sandveld,[3] at altitudes of 1,000–1,400 m (3,300–4,600 ft).[1]

R. boylei is oviparous.[2]

Pietersen, D.; Verburgt, L.; Farooq, H. (2021). "Rhinotyphlops boylei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2021: e.T22473415A22473422. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T22473415A22473422.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
Species Rhinotyphlops boylei at The Reptile Database
Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Third Revised edition, Second impression. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. p. 53.
McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).

"Rhinotyphlops ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007.

Further reading

Broadley DG, Wallach V (2009). "A review of the eastern and southern African blind-snakes (Serpentes: Typhlopidae), excluding Letheobia Cope, with the description of two new genera and a new species". Zootaxa 2255: 1–100. (Rhinotyphlops boylei, p. 59).
FitzSimons V (1932). "Preliminary descriptions of new forms of South African Reptilia and Amphibia, from the Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition, 1930". Annals of the Transvaal Museum 15 (1): 35–40. (Typhlops boylei, new species).
FitzSimons V (1966). "A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa". Ann. Transvaal Mus. 25 (3): 35–79.


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