A blind snake has been found on Taveuni, the first for over a century.
A blind snake reportedly from Vuna, Taveuni was exhibited at the illustrious meeting of the Members of the Linnaen Society of New South Wales in 1897.
The specimen has never been found and the record regarded as suspect.
However Allan Gortan, the owner of the Paradise Taveuni Resort has recently procured a specimen in the resort garden….where they are quite regularly found.
Another good example of how little we know of our own Fijian fauna.
The snake will now be sent to specialists for identification.
It is a true blind snake and not to be confused with Fiji’s rare Fiji Burrowing Snake Ogmodon vitianus which is confined to the forests of Viti Levu.