Iberian Worm Lizard or European Worm Lizard (Blanus cinereus)
- “Cobra-cega” (Portuguese), “culebrilla ciega” (Spanish) and “colobreta cega” (Catalan), meaning ‘blind snake’
This species is found in the southern section of the Iberian Peninsula, southwards of rivers Ebro and Douro. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, arable land, and pastureland.
B. cinereus is a small legless reptile and a burrowing species. Adults may reach a total length of 10–20 cm (4–8 in). It can often be found under logs and rocks. Like other amphisbaenids the B. cinereus is a timid animal that feeds on worms and other small invertebrates. Sometimes they have been found inhabiting ant colonies.They are oviparous (egg laying).