Species group: Legless Lizards
Other common names: Burton’s Snake Lizard
Scientific name: Lialis burtonis
Burton’s Legless Lizards are common all over Australia and New Guinea. Their habitats include dry forests, desert sand flats and ridges, as well as woodlands and rain forest periphery.
Appearance / health:
The largest among the legless lizards, the Burton Legless Lizard matures to about 2 feet in length. The base body color is often brownish gray, sometimes cream or black. In some individuals, markings like spots and stripes are seen. It has a long pointed head with no neck. Two tiny triangular flaps can be seen on its sides. The tail is cylindrical in shape.
The snout is sharp and wedge-shaped; the tongue is flat (not forked) and fleshy, differentiating it from a snake’s. Also unlike the snake, it has external ears. But similar to the snake, the Burton’s Legless Lizard can unhinge its jaw to devour large prey.
Behavior / temperament:
Burton’s Legless Lizards are diurnal. They are sometimes seen foraging at night. They hide under leaf litter and logs, and crawl into abandoned holes and burrows.
Burton’s Legless Lizards are voracious predators that feed on insects, other lizards, and small snakes.
Like other legless lizards, Burton’s Legless Lizards are egg-layers. They mate in the spring and lay 2-3 eggs per clutch in midsummer.
Burton's legless Lizard
These wonderfully odd lizards are not often available, but worth searching for if you can meet their unique needs. They feed only upon lizards, grabbing them by the throat with the elongated jaws and applying pressure until death ensues. several that I received as adults lived for 8-9 years, but we do not know enough about their habits and needs at this point..they are best reserved for those with experience. Mine thrived on a diet on anoles and house geckos, basking temps of 90 F, and lots of UVB exposure..
From findiviglio Jul 13 2014 7:11PM