Photo 57925, (c) greenrosettas, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Chris Cook

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What

California Legless Lizard Anniella pulchra

Observer

greenrosettas

Date

March 27, 2010

Description

Yes, it is a lizard not a snake. These lizards sometimes referred to as glass lizards have come so accustomed to their sandy habitats that their legs have over the ages have evolved to indistinguishable nubs. Burrowing through the sand feeding on small invertebrates these lizards truly are an amazing feat of evolutionary specialization. What separates a legless lizard from a snake is their anatomy. Primarily snakes bone structures are differ from the legless lizard especially surrounding their skulls and jaws. to be continued...

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