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Southern California Legless Lizard

Anniella stebbinsi


Long, slender reptile about 7 inches long with a light colored top side. The sides have a dark, thin stripe. The underside is bright yellow. The tip of the tail is slightly blunt and is dark, mimicking a head. This legless lizard has eyelids which helps differentiates it from a small snake. They feed on beetles, larvae, spiders and termites. They are preyed upon by various snakes, weasels, mice, birds and domestic cats.


Loose topsoil by a log pile in early evening on a warm day. I was pulling wild cucumber roots (some of which are yellow) and I grabbed this guy with the yellow underside thinking it was a root.

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California, USA

Spotted on Jan 20, 2016
Submitted on Jan 21, 2016

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