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Common Scaly-Foot Legless Lizard

Pygopus lepidopodus

Description:

Around 30 - 40cm "A large snake-like lizard that not only looks like one but behaves like one too. Growing to around 700 mm (2' 4") and the largest Australian Legless Lizard" http://esperancewildlife.blogspot.com.au...

Notes:

It was sunbathing in the middle of the track, I nearly stepped upon it :(

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8 Comments

NickKing
NickKing 5 years ago

Cool picture, I've never seen such a big legless lizard.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

I agree looks good. Well done.

Jae
Jae 6 years ago

I think you found the right ID. Or at least it can be found in the area where you spotted it :)

Chicquita
Chicquita 6 years ago

Thanks Jae and Mark, when I google Delma, I found a close up pic that is very similar to this one but it is a Common Scaly-foot (Pygopus lepidopodus). Is it possible? Pic #4 shows right limb flap. Thanks to you both for guiding me to the right direction, it's very hard to ID when you don't know anything about reptiles :)

Jae
Jae 6 years ago

You're right, Mark. Perhaps an other species in the Delma genus?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Jae's suggestion is interesting because looks pretty close but that lizard is only found on the other side of the mountains and inland. Maybe a relative?

Jae
Jae 6 years ago

I think it's a legless lizard, Chicquita. Maybe the olive legless lizard (Delma inornata). http://keys.lucidcentral.org/key-server/...

Chicquita
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Chicquita

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Nov 19, 2014
Submitted on Nov 19, 2014

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