Found during a survey of VINP in association with Northern Michigan University from February 27 through March 5, 2016.
Thought it was a snake at first. Found in the dirt driveway. Moved it to a decomposing tree stump.
Checkerboard worm lizard from El Hajeb region - Morocco. Khalid BEN KADDOUR
The work of a burrowing "worm lizard", which spends its life in sandy terrain, tunnelling just under the surface in search of subterranean prey.
Ege O., Yakin B.Y., Tok C.V., 2015. Herpetofauna of the Lake District around Burdur. - Turkish Journal of Zoology, 39: 1164-1168.
Cumhuriyet O., Ayaz D., 2015. Güllük Körfezi (Milas, Muğla) ve Civarının Herpetofaunası. - Anadolu Doğa Bilimleri Dergisi 6 (Özel Sayı 2): 163-168.
February - September 2013
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...