Lialis burtonis: secretly a gecko
Burton’s legless lizard, otherwise known as “the most Australian lizard of all time,” is basically a gecko that’s turned into a snake. This basically means that it can shout at you and has tiny little flap-scale feet.
Above: What passes for its legs. It only gets two, because Australia.
Pygopods are a clump of geckos that have kind of given up on having feet, with genus Lialis in particular having evolved into something much closer to snakes. Most pygopods are rather on the shy side, a bit small, and specialize in eating the same sort of insect and small vertebrate that normal geckos go after. Lialis burtonis and Lialis jicari, on the other hand, go after skinks up to like half their own size…
Since people are flipping their shit over croc skinks, allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite reptiles.
This is Cerastes Cerastes, or the desert horned viper, and I believe, is just as much a “dragon” as the croc skink.
- They’re sidewinders
- They live in North Africa and the Middle East
- They burrow their chubby bodies beneath the sand and poke their eyes and horns out cutely
- Sometimes they don’t have horns at all!
- They are adorable and smushy and I want to kiss them all!
these things are venomous I wouldn’t kiss it if you paid me.