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Burton's Legless Lizard

Lialis burtonis

Description:

Long pointed snout, used to get small skinks and geckos. Extremely variable in pattern and color. to distinguish it (and other legless lizards) apart from snakes just take a look and see if it has opening for the ear, or if it has external flaps where the hind legs would be (very small on this species).

Habitat:

Found all over Australia except for Tasmania and the furthest southern portion of Victoria.

Notes:

Nocturnal and diurnal depending on temperature

No species ID suggestions

17 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That's a knockout Scott. Love it.

Liam
Liam 6 years ago

Incredible!

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 6 years ago

Thanks everyone, they are always fun to find and always a different color.

Amazing capture Scott,congrats and thanks for sharing

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Spectacular series, Scott! It looks almost like a combination of a moray eel and an alligator!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 6 years ago

Awesome series!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 6 years ago

Great series! I would love to see this species in person someday.

ShannaB
ShannaB 6 years ago

Amazing shot.

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 6 years ago

Info added for this little lizard

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

This is such a great spotting Scott. I've never seen one of these before.

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

Great shots. I saw one in WA, and could immediately tell that it was a legless lizard instead of a snake. It was probably because snakes are roughly 2/3 body and 1/3 tail, while with legless lizards it's the other way around. Burtons are very veritable in color, but the snout is distinctive.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

Very Cool!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Good one Scott

Deandra
Deandra 6 years ago

Wow!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 6 years ago

What a strange and wonderful creature! Could you add any information to this spotting? I'd love to know more about this animal!

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 6 years ago

Glad he felt like getting his picture taken that day

Cody.conway
Cody.conway 6 years ago

Beautiful shot!

Wonderful !

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -19.21, Long: 146.77

Spotted on Dec 30, 2012
Submitted on Jan 26, 2013

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