Feb 21, 2007

Amphi...serby...boony?

My post on the rubber eel solicited several comments - one of which suggested that I profile the amphisbaenians. After looking them up, I readily agreed.

These reptiles are known as 'worm lizards' (double ugly whammy). They have both snake and lizard characteristics, but actually belong to their own happy little suborder. The first thing that struck me about them, is how difficult it is at first glance to distinguish the head from the tail. I'm glad that humans don't have that same characteristic (though they may sometimes behave that way...).

First photo courtesy: World Book Encyclopedia
















Second photo courtesy: University of Brazil

8 comments:

Tavox said...

hi!!,excellent site!! :)

tavox

Jack Ruttan said...

They look like interesting jewelry. Could be cast out of gold and go with an Egyptian queen.

Denita TwoDragons said...

...and if you look really carefully, you can see Paul Atreides riding on its back...

--TwoDragons

Raging Wombat said...

Dune...Arakis...desert planet...

k said...

YAAAAAY amphisbaenian!!

Swintah said...

Huzzah - super squirminess!

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chandu1947 said...

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