Burton's Legless Lizard
Lialis burtonis
Range Australia and New Guinea.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Pygopodidae
Genus Lialis
Species Lialis burtonis

The Burton's legless lizard (Lialis burtonis) is a legless lizard from Australia and Papua, New Guinea.


Distinctive long, pointed wedge-shaped snout unlike any other reptile, with the head scales small, fragmented and irregular. The hind limbs are reduced to flaps which are minute and difficult to detect. Colour and patterns are extremely variable, and ranges from cream and patternless through to shades of grey, brown, yellow, and red with combinations of stripes, lines and spots. It can grow to 62 centimeters in length.



It is a reptile specialist, feeding exclusively on skinks, geckos, dragons, other legless lizards and small snakes. It suffocates it’s prey by grabbing hold around the chest area and holds it fast until suffocated, consuming its prey head first.


Females are oviparous, with two eggs per clutch.




  • The latin name of this interesting creature is Lialis Burtonis


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