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Abstract

First detection of the "flowerpot snake" Indotyphlops braminus (Daudin, 1803) (Serpentes Typhlopidae) in Ischia (Italy): a new possible invasive species.

Abstract

Indotyphlops braminus (Daudin, 1803) (Serpentes Typhlopidae), also known as "flowerpot snake", is a small subterranean blind snake, which holds the widest distribution on the globe. This species, by taking usually refuge in pot plants, has been indirectly transported by humans via the main trade routes. Close to Europe, I. braminus has been reported in Macronesia (Canary Islands and Madeira) and Northern Africa; while in Europe it has been detected in the Balearic Islands (specifically in Mallorca) and one population was also found in the Province of AlmerĂ­a, in the southern Iberian peninsula. Up to date, no further reports were made in Europe. With this note, we report the first Italian observation of I. braminus, specifically in Ischia Island. As for other alien species, an early detection of allochthonous populations plays a pivotal role to activate specific and useful management strategies.