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Common Scaly-Foot Legless Lizard

Pygopus lepidopodus


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"


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

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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 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 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 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 6 years ago

I think it's a legless lizard, Chicquita. Maybe the olive legless lizard (Delma inornata).

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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

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