Soils: ferrasiallitic loamy sands
noted above ground having come out of burrow at edge of lawn; half below ground & re-entering newly made hole. Soil damp but no wet; last rain 16.11.79. Cool & shaded, humid. Burrow visible as ridge on surface. Live speciman to Mutare Musem, Dept. of Herpetology where ate Macotermes natalensis alates in captivity.
3/4 exposed w rearmost portion still under leaves & sand. Buried parts not rotting like exposed parts; cause of death poss. Bird attack(?) rather than trampling from animal. Had been 7mm rain on 30/10 at SWRI. ID by Don Broadley, Zimbabwe Natural History Museum
Length (mm) body+tail: 485+58
This amphisbaenian was found on the road in the town of Filadelfia in northwestern Paraguay.
This amphisbaenid was found under debris near La Paz in the southern region of the Baja Peninsula.
Amphisbaenia (called amphisbaenians or worm lizards) is a group of usually legless squamates, comprising over 180 extant species. Amphisbaenians are characterized by long bodies, reduction or loss of the limbs, and rudimentary eyes. As many species possess a pink body coloration and scales arranged in rings, they have a superficial resemblance to earthworms. All are limbless except for Bipes, which retains forelimbs. Although superficially similar to the snakes and Dibamidae, recent phylogenetic studies suggest that they...