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Orange County, FL, January 2013. Species account: www.naherpetology.org/pdf_files/294.pdf
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.
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...