Mid-week Reptilian #10: Bipes biporus

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 11:59 AM Bookmark and Share
Aside from actually posting weekly reptilian pics (sorry about that - grad school...) I thought I should try and put a little more diversity into the effort.  So this week, courtesy of James Gunn's "50 Freakiest Animals" I bring you the Ajolote (aka the Mexican Mole Lizard aka the Five-toed Worm Lizard aka the Baja Worm Lizard).


These reptiles are grouped with snakes and lizards in the order Squamata, but like other "worm lizards" they are distinct from both snakes (suborder Serpentes) and lizards (suborder Lacertilia), and have their own suborder Amphisbaenia

Bipes biporus is one of the four Amphsibaenians occurring in south western North America, which together comprise all four members of the genus Bipes and monophyletic family Bipedidae (the "two-legged worm lizards").  Like other worm lizards, it is a carnivorous burrowing species that tends to only venture into the open after dark.

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