worm lizard


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worm lizard

n.
Any of various small legless burrowing reptiles of the suborder Amphisbaenia, having a wormlike body with scales arranged in rings and found worldwide in subtropical and tropical regions. Also called amphisbaenian.

worm lizard

n
(Animals) any wormlike burrowing legless lizard of the family Amphisbaenidae, of Africa, South and Central America, and S Europe
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Noun1.worm lizard - a lizard of the genus Amphisbaenaworm lizard - a lizard of the genus Amphisbaena; harmless wormlike limbless lizard of warm or tropical regions having concealed eyes and ears and a short blunt tail
lizard - relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
Amphisbaenia, genus Amphisbaena, genus Amphisbaenia, Amphisbaena - type genus of the Amphisbaenidae
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The zoologists will also lay bucket traps and distribute leaflets to villagers offering rewards for a Deathworm specimen, which they believe is a giant worm lizard.
In this study we will examine the histological anatomy of the oviducts of the brown house snake (Lamprophis fuliginosus), the Brahminy blind snake (Rhamphotyphiops braminus), and the worm lizard, Amphisbaena fuliginosa, to determine if the anatomy of the worm lizard oviduct is more similar to the snakes or lizards.
This example is followed by four portraits of the four different types of reptiles: crocodylians, tuatara, lizards, worm lizards, and snakes, and turtles and tortoises.