“Mexican Mole Lizard” Long-bodied lizards have legs that resemble worms and snakes

Mexican mole lizards are also called five-toed worm lizards. They are odd-looking and fascinating.

They are a burrowing reptile species. They spend most of their time in underground burrows. Due to their appearance, they are sometimes mistaken for a snake.

This makes some humans fear these harmless critters. There is also an old legend that causes people to be afraid of them.

It is said that these lizards would come up through the toilet and attack people. This silly myth is, of course, not at all true.

It wouldn’t even be possible for them to get into a toilet in the first place.

– Appearance & Behavior –

This lizard looks similar to a worm. Its body is segmented and cylindrical. It has a long tail. It has two forelimbs with claws that it uses to dig into the soil.

Its head is round and blunt. The colors can vary slightly from pale pink to bright pink. Sometimes the colors can be more gray-toned than pink.

The colors are usually very light due to the lack of melanin from living underground. Its weight is typically about three ounces.

That weight is equal to half the weight of a billiard ball. The five-toed worm lizard’s size is fairly small.

It is between 18 and 24 centimeters long from head to tail. It is only six to seven millimeters in width.

Its size in length is about equal to between one-half to three-fifths as tall as a bowling pin. Its width is four times as wide as a strand of spaghetti noodle.

This species has evolved from having a set of back legs to losing those and only presenting forelimbs. The reason for this adaptation is unclear, though it may make it easier to squirm through burrow tunnels.

Mexican mole lizards are diurnal. They are most active in the daytime, although they will emerge from their burrows at night.

They are not aggressive and seem to be shy, hiding underground most of the time. To get away from predators, they have the ability to break off part of their tails.

The downside to this is that it is not regenerative and cannot grow back. Once it is gone, it will not regrow like some species. The tail can also move separately from the limbs.

The Mexican mole lizard mostly eats ground-dwelling insects and larvae. It will also eat small lizards.

Some choice items on the menu for this reptile include earthworms, crickets, ants, termites, and cockroaches as well as the larvae of these insects.

– Habitat –

The Mexican mole lizard lives on the continents of North America and Central America in the country of Mexico. It is native to the Baja California Peninsula.

It can be found in the territories of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Guerrero, and Chiapas. It is a terres trial species that live in desert, shrubland, and dune habitats.

The regions it occupies have tropical, Mediterranean, and arid climates and are Nearctic and Neotropical biogeographical regions.

The regions it occupies have tropical, Mediterranean, and arid climates and are Nearctic and Neotropical biogeographical regions.

This lizard spends its time burrowed in loose soil at depths between two and a half to 15 centimeters.

Because it spends most of its life underground, it is hard to spot one of these lizards in the wild.

– Reproduction, Babies and Lifespan –

Not much is known about the mating rituals of this elusive species. There are a few established reproductive facts about these lizards though.

They reproduce sexually in the summer around the month of July. They typically only reproduce as often as once in a two-year period.

They breed and lay their eggs in the soil underground. The female lays two eggs on average but can lay one to four. It takes about two months for the eggs to hatch.

When the eggs hatch in September, the baby lizards weigh less than one ounce.

The hatchlings already know how to burrow and are most likely somewhat independent because of their ability to move around on their own.

The normal lifespan for these lizards is between one and two years. The oldest recorded was a little over three years old and lived in captivity.

Ref: wikipedia, a-z-animals, biographic, animalia, wired, animaldiversity

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