The lizard was in the middle of one of our mist nets. It was dropped by a Red-shouldered Hawk when it hit the net then flew away.
Thanks to Dr. Brad Hollingsworth for having me on this trip and providing locality data.
While digging in my garden, I excavated this lizard. It was about five inches long and had two fore limbs and no rear legs. Very worm like. Paddle-like limbs. Grey color. Appeared to be blind. I released it unharmed. I'm certain of my identification because it was so unusual.
I found it below a very moist earthen berm on a steep north facing hill in a native oak grove (my back yard).
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...