Best Weird Critter Living in Tucson 

Western Threadsnake

Staff Pick

Sometimes called the Western blind snake, this little guy looks like a weird shiny earthworm with scales. Leptotyphlops humilis is found across much of Southern Arizona. Turns out there's a mysterious colony of them living all across Tucson. Spending most of their time underground, they eat ants, termites and other small bugs. Once in a great while, you'll see them on a sidewalk at night. They're completely harmless, but if you pick them up, they'll wiggle a lot, poke at you with their tail and give off a musky odor as a defense. It's said that small owls sometimes pick them up and drop them in their nests, where the snakes feed on owl parasites. Pretty cool, huh?
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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