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Mole-limbed wormlizards


Class Reptilia Order Squamata Suborder Amphisbaenia Family Bipedidae

Elongate, slender, fossorial reptiles with scales arranged in annular rings, short robust forelimbs, hindlimbs absent, no external ear openings, a rounded head, blunt snout, and short tail

4.7-9.4 in (120-240 mm)


Number of genera, species

1 genus; 3 species

1 ^ J

Arid scrub lands or desert, arroyos, alluvial sediments around river basins


Not listed by the IUCN

Bipedids have a restricted distribution in coastal southwestern Mexico and Baja California

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