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Legless LizardLialis burtonis   

Burton's Snake-lizard at Karabar, NSW

Lialis burtonis at Karabar, NSW - 5 Feb 2018

Identification history

Legless Lizard Lialis burtonis 11 Feb 2018 wombey
Snake Pseudonaja textilis 10 Feb 2018 Tammymarie

Author's notes

came up from Queanbeyan nature reserve onto property. Neighbours observed nest and other babies coming up into yards from nature reserve.


WillO wrote:
   11 Feb 2018
The long tail, rounded body and shape of the head (very pointy) indicates that this is a Burton's Legless lizard (Lialis burtonis). However it is difficult to see this clearly in the photograph. Did you (or others) take any extra photographs of it. Need a clearer or more side on picture. I am interested to hear more about what your neighbours reported about a nest and other babies. Did any one photograph them? They may have seen juvenile brown snakes.
wombey wrote:
   11 Feb 2018
Yes, I agree with Will, this looks like a Burton's Legless Lizard. Closer side on photograph would have been a great help.
Tammymarie wrote:
   11 Feb 2018
I don't know if neighbours took any photos. I was just told that a nest had been found on the nature reserve and a few juvenile Browns had been seen going into their backyard.
I will add some more photos. Not the greatest pics. It moved like a snake if that helps any.
WillO wrote:
   11 Feb 2018
OK - thanks - will look forward to seeing the extra photos. Two experts are now in agreement that it is a harmless Burtons Legless Lizard. In fact it is a very good record as it is a fairly rare species around Canberra-Queanbeyan region.WillO.
Tammymarie wrote:
   11 Feb 2018
Hi, I couldn't post pics on this post on my phone so i have just uploaded in seperate sightings if you want to look at them. 😊
WillO wrote:
   12 Feb 2018
Thanks for loading those extra photos - we are now confident that the "lizard" is Burtons Legless Lizard = Burtons Snake-lizard. Very snake like in appearance but it is a harmless legless lizard. well done. WillO.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 5 Feb 2018 9:39 PM Recorded on
  • Tammymarie Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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