A lizard in snakes’ clothing!

Not all that wriggle are snakes!


by Cath Dickson in Eared Worm Lizard Research Project

Topping off a busy week of NGT events, on Monday the 24th of November a team from the Millicent Field Nats, Friends of Mt Gambier Parks, SA Museum, ForestrySA, ZoosSA and NGT headed out for the annual search for one of the region’s (and state’s) rarest lizards – the Eared Worm-lizard. The Eared Worm-lizard is a small lizard masquerading as a snake, as it has no legs!

We had a good result with three Eared Worm-lizards recorded at three sites and sloughs (shed skins) at a further one, resulting in four reconfirmations (half the known sites in South Australia).  While this is down on last year’s result, for such an elusive critter in a drier than average year, we did pretty well!   As usual the Lowlands Earless Skink with the yellow and black checker bellies were the most commonly caught species…

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2 thoughts on “A lizard in snakes’ clothing!

    • I had a lizard visit this week, and must say it gave me a bit of a fright at first, before I saw it properly and could discern it wasn’t a snake. Mind you, saw two snakes crossing on the roads last week, so they are certainly about.

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