Behavior

All bipedid species are fossorial, living in self-constructed tunnel systems that range from 0.78-7.8 in (2-20 cm) below the surface. Bipes uses its digging front limbs to create an initial opening in the soil; once below the surface, it folds the limbs back against the body and uses the head (as all other amphisbaenians do) to burrow through the soil. Rectilinear movements of the body are also used for locomotion within the tunnel.

Often, burrows lead to the soil surface under rocks. When the rocks are lifted, Bipes will retreat down into the burrow system quickly.

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