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California Legless Lizard

Often mistaken for a snake, the California Legless Lizards are lizards that do not have limbs. These are burrowing reptiles that are found in parts of California and adjacent areas.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Anniellidae
    Genus Anniella
    Species A. pulchra
    Scientific Name Anniellapulchra

    Length Around 7 inches (18 cm)
    Coloration Silvery scales on the dorsal side and yellow on the ventral
    Distribution From Contra Costa County in northern California to Baja California in the south
    Habitat In humid regions, sandy soils, leaf litter, sand dunes along the coast
    Diet Mostly arthropods like beetles, larval insects, termites, ants, spiders, etc.
    Breeding Season early spring to July
    Clutch Size 1 to 4 young
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on February 28th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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