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Burton's legless lizard

Burton's legless lizard (Lialis burtonis)
Western Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland
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Lialis burtonis - Gray, 1835
Pronunciation  lee-AH-liss   BER-tun-ee
Etymology  Lialis: Unknown.
burtonis: 'Burton's Lialis' - identity of Burton is unknown.
Other names  Burton's snake-lizard
Lialis bicatenata 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 60 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


  1. Patchell, F. C. & Shine, Richard (1986). Food habits and reproductive biology of the Australian legless lizards (Pygopodidae). Copeia, (1):30-39.
  2. Wells, Richard W. & Wellington, C. Ross (1984). A synopsis of the Class Reptilia in Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, 1(3-4):73-129. - search web for this article
  3. Patchell, F. C. & Shine, Richard (1986). Hinged teeth for hard-bodied prey: A case of convergent evolution between snakes and legless lizards. Journal of Zoology Series A, 208(PART 2):269-276.
  4. Patchell, F. C. & Shine, Richard (1986). Feeding mechanisms in pygopodid lizards: how can Lialis swallow such large prey?. Journal of Herpetology, 20(1):59-64.
  5. Murray, BA; Bradshaw, SD; & Edward, DH (1991). Feeding Behavior and the Occurrence of Caudal Luring in Burton's Pygopodid Lialis burtonis (Sauria: Pygopodidae). Copeia, 1991(2):509-516. - search web for this article
  6. Wall, Michael & Shine, Richard (2007). Dangerous food: lacking venom and constriction, how do snake-like lizards (Lialis burtonis, Pygopodidae) subdue their lizard prey?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 91(4):719-727. - search web for this article

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