The Ajolote lizard, Bipes biporus, aka Mexican Worm Lizard, is an amphisbaenian, a type of elongate burrowing reptile (a group of lizard or a group closely related to lizards depending on what biologist you talk to) that is often pink and wormlike in appearance. This species is endemic to the Baja California peninsula of Mexico where it inhabits dryland and desert, with xeric shrub vegetation.
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).
Amphisbaena alba is widespread in South America and has been described as common in parts of its wide range. It can be found in a wide variety of habitats including Rainforests, savannah, and altered and disturbed habitats. This subterranean animal is carnivorous, feeding on a variety of invertebrates and small vertebrates.
This strange little lizard-like reptile has only two, clawed legs, very far forward on its worm-like body. It burrows in porous soils and is endemic to Baja. Rather than being a true lizard, it belongs to the small suborder Amphisbaenia, which is closely related to lizards and snakes. (this is an issue of disagreement within herpetology. some still consider this a group of lizards.)
Captive animal, courtesy of El Serpentario, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
The European Worm Lizard, also known as the Iberian Worm Lizard, is a species of reptile in the family Amphisbaenidae (worm lizards). It is locally known as “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 where it may be found under logs and rocks, especially after storms.
Adults may reach a total length of 10–20 cm (4–8 in). Like other amphisbaenids the European Worm Lizardis a timid burrowing reptile that feeds on wormsand other smallinvertebrates. Sometimes they have been found inhabitingantcolonies.This species isoviparous and it is threatened byhabitat loss.
This fossorial (burrowing) species requires areas with sandy soils with abundant leaf litter; it is rarely seen on the surface. The general habitat in its area of distribution is dryland and desert, with xeric shrub vegetation. Animals are often collected close to fenceposts, and populations are believed to be able to survive in moderately disturbed landscapes. They construct an elaborate system of burrows just below the surface, usually centered on stands of vegetation.
This species is endemic to the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, where it ranges from extreme southwestern Baja California State through western Baja California Sur, to the Isthmus of La Paz and the western Cape Region. It is probably a relatively abundant species, but it is secretive and is not often encountered. Papenfuss (1982) collected 2,719 specimens in an extensive study of the species…
The Mexican Mole Lizard (Bipes biporus) from baja California is the most distinctive and interesting reptile in all Mexico. This species is endemic to the Southern baja California. Two other species are known from the southwestern Pacific coast of Mexico.
The Mexican mole lizard, five-toed worm lizard, or Ajolote , is one of four amphisbaenians that have legs. They are pink 6–9-inch (15–23 cm) lizard-like reptiles that live for 1 to 2 years and eat ground dwelling insects and earthworms. Their skin is closely segmented to give a corrugated appearance and like earthworms their underground movement is by peristalsis of the segments. The forelegs are strong and paddle-like while the backlegs have disappeared and are visible only as vestigial bones in X-rays…
Bipes canaliculatus Encountered Burrowing Into Soil
The genus Bipes has only three species; Bipes biporus characterized by the possesion of five fingers on the hands, Bipes canaliculatus with four fingers and Bipes tridactylus with only three. This animal is Bipes canalicatus. It inhabits a small area of mexico. Its population is very small, and knowledge of its courtship, mating practices, and general behavior is poorly known.