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Lialis burtonis

Burton's Snake-lizard

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.

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Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Nanima, NSW - 6 Jan 2021 by 81mv Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Tennent, ACT - 4 Jan 2021 by TimotheeBonnet Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Lower Molonglo - 5 Oct 2020 by patrickcox Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Yass River, NSW - 9 Oct 2019 by SallyandPeter Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Rugosa at Yass River - 13 Sep 2019 by SenexRugosus Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 11 Aug 2019 by sykesds Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 23 Apr 2019 by Ezza31784 Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 10 Apr 2019 by BrianSummers Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Karabar, NSW - 10 Mar 2018 by Tammymarie Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Karabar, NSW - 5 Feb 2018 by Tammymarie Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Tralee, ACT - 1 Nov 2016 by JohnBundock Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Gang Gang at Yass River - 8 Feb 2016 by SueMcIntyre Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Nanima, NSW - 18 Nov 2015 by 81mv Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Lower Cotter Catchment - 29 Sep 2015 by MichaelMulvaney Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Gang Gang at Yass River - 21 Oct 2007 by Sue McIntyre
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Nanima, NSW - 6 Jan 2021 by 81mv
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Tennent, ACT - 4 Jan 2021 by TimotheeBonnet
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Lower Molonglo - 5 Oct 2020 by patrickcox
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Yass River, NSW - 9 Oct 2019 by SallyandPeter
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Rugosa at Yass River - 13 Sep 2019 by SenexRugosus
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 11 Aug 2019 by sykesds
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 23 Apr 2019 by Ezza31784
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 10 Apr 2019 by BrianSummers
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Karabar, NSW - 10 Mar 2018 by Tammymarie
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Karabar, NSW - 5 Feb 2018 by Tammymarie
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Tralee, ACT - 1 Nov 2016 by JohnBundock
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Gang Gang at Yass River - 8 Feb 2016 by SueMcIntyre
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Nanima, NSW - 18 Nov 2015 by 81mv
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Lower Cotter Catchment - 29 Sep 2015 by MichaelMulvaney
Lialis burtonis (Burton's Snake-lizard) at Gang Gang at Yass River - 21 Oct 2007 by Sue McIntyre

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Species information

  • Lialis burtonis Scientific name
  • Burton's Snake-lizard Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 560.502040816326m to 944.2m Recorded at altitude

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