Burton’s Legless LizardScientific name: Lialis burtonis

Meaning of name: The meaning of Lialis is not known. Burtonis honours James Burton, a donor of specimens of lizards to the British Museum.

Distribution: The whole of Australia except for the south coast and Tasmania.

Description: This legless lizard grows up to 59 centimetres long and has a distinctly, wedge-shaped snout. It varies in colour from cream and plain, through shades of grey, brown, yellow and brick red with various combinations of stripes and lines of spots.

Notes: Burton’s Legless Lizards feed mainly on skinks, but also geckos, other legless lizards and small snakes.

References: A Guide to the Reptiles and Frogs of the Perth Region. Brian Bush, Brad Maryan, Robert Browne-Cooper, David Robinson. 1995
A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia. Steve Wilson and Gerry Swan. 2003
Lizards of Western Australia III Geckos & Pygopods. GM Storr, LA Smith, RE Johnstone. 1990

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