Burtons snake lizard

Lialis burtonis

SUBFAMILY

Pygopodinae

TAXONOMY

Lialis burtonis Gray, 1834, Round Hill Fauna Reserve, New South Wales, Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Burton's legless lizard; French: Lialis de Burton; German: Spitzkopf-Flossenfufi.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The species reaches 10 in (250 mm) in snout-vent length. It is elongate, with no forelimbs and with hind limbs reduced to small flaps. The tail is longer than the body. The head is long, with a very elongate snout, and the pupils are vertical. It is brown or gray, with or without a pattern of regular spots or stripes.

DISTRIBUTION

The species ranges across Australia and southeastern New Guinea.

HABITAT

The geckos live in terrestrial habitats, from deserts to humid forest.

BEHAVIOR

They are active day or night.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

The species feeds on lizards, chiefly small skinks.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Mating occurs in the spring, and females lay two elongate, leathery-shelled eggs in summer.

CONSERVATION STATUS

The species is widespread and common throughout most of its range.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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