Anilius scytale is medium-sized burrowing snake., reaching 27 inches (70 cm) in length. The eyes are covered beneath a clear scale. It feed on small reptiles, amphibians and even other blind snakes. Here it descends from a sister to Lanthanotus and gives rise to Cylindrophis and other smaller burrowing blind snakes. It has a vestigial pelvis with limbs visible as a pair of cloacal spurs. It is ovoviviparous.
Xenopeltis unicolor (Reinwardt, 1827) is a sister to Anilius, despite the many differences. It is a burrowing snake that grows to a length of 1m that kills prey by constriction.
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