Organism(s) of the Day: Californian Legless Lizards

Handout of a Bakersfield Legless Lizard

Recently, 4 species of legless lizards have been discovered in California. They belong to the Anniella genus, and their species names are as follows: A. grinnelli (shown), A. stebbinsi, A. alexanderae, and A. campi. These, contrary to what most people tend to immediately say when they see them, are not snakes. They are lizards, and unlike snakes, they have eyelids. Their unusual form is used to bury in soft earth, with one species preferring the soft earth beneath a little place called LAX.

Handout of a Bakersfield Legless Lizard

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Posted on September 22, 2013, in Organism of the Day, Reptiles. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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