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Burton's Legless Lizard

Lialis burtonis


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).


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


Nocturnal and diurnal depending on temperature

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That's a knockout Scott. Love it.

Liam 6 years ago


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 6 years ago

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

ShannaB 6 years ago

Amazing shot.

ScottHarte 6 years ago

Info added for this little lizard

LeanneGardner 6 years ago

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

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 6 years ago

Good one Scott

Deandra 6 years ago


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 6 years ago

Glad he felt like getting his picture taken that day

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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