Common name: Burton's Snake-lizard
SVL: SVL: 250mm. Total length: 600mm
Burton's Snake-lizard is one of two species in the genus of Lialis which has a distinctive elongated snout and distinctive wedge-shaped head.
It feeds on other lizards and even small snakes.
It is called a snake lizard as is its flexible mesokinetic and hypokinetic joints which allow its jaws to encircle prey. Other morphological adaptations to enable it to deal with large struggling prey items include recurved and hinged teeth that assists it to grip its prey; its elongated snout which may also promote binocular vision which would allow strikes to be more accurately directed; and the ability to retract its eyes to protect them during conflict.
Distribution: Found in and close to Canberra and areas to north and west of Canberra.
MapsMount Ainslie Pine Island to Point Hut Gigerline Nature Reserve Woodstock Nature Reserve Bullen Range Lower Molonglo Kambah Pool Stony Creek Point Hut to Tharwa Lower Cotter Catchment Googong Foreshore Gang Gang at Yass River Rugosa at Yass River
PlacesStromlo, ACT Coree, ACT Googong, NSW Yass River, NSW Karabar, NSW Tennent, ACT Nanima, NSW Bonython, ACT Tralee, ACT Denman Prospect, ACT Tuggeranong DC, ACT
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