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Black-and-white worm lizard, Santa María, Colombia A reptile without limbs, yet not a snake. Meet the first worm lizard on JungleDragon, the Black-and-white worm lizard specifically. It is fairly widely distributed throughout South America, yet the odds of ever finding one is close to zero, since it spends most of its life underground. On top of that, it is a nocturnal creature. Therefore, a disclosure: we did not find this ourselves, one of the local guides found it a few days earlier and was temporarily holding on to it. This was the moment of its release. <br />
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Not visible from a static image, the release clearly showed what a phenomenal digger it is. It is incredibly fast and strong in overcoming obstacles or going straight through them. <br />
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Head closeup:<br />
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Full body shot:<br />
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Fun fact: sometimes called a two-headed snake, based on the behavior where it raises both its head and tail at once when threatened. Learned that from this video:<br />
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Black-and-white worm lizard, Santa María, Colombia

A reptile without limbs, yet not a snake. Meet the first worm lizard on JungleDragon, the Black-and-white worm lizard specifically. It is fairly widely distributed throughout South America, yet the odds of ever finding one is close to zero, since it spends most of its life underground. On top of that, it is a nocturnal creature. Therefore, a disclosure: we did not find this ourselves, one of the local guides found it a few days earlier and was temporarily holding on to it. This was the moment of its release.

Not visible from a static image, the release clearly showed what a phenomenal digger it is. It is incredibly fast and strong in overcoming obstacles or going straight through them.

Head closeup:

Black-and-white worm lizard - head, Santa María, Colombia Head detail of a Black-and-white worm lizard found in Santa María, Colombia. Amphisbaena fuliginosa,Black-and-white worm lizard,Boyacá,Colombia,Santa María,South America,World


Full body shot:

Black-and-white worm lizard - full body shot, Santa María, Colombia Full body shot of a Black-and-white worm lizard found in Santa María, Colombia. Amphisbaena fuliginosa,Black-and-white worm lizard,Boyacá,Colombia,Santa María,South America,World


Fun fact: sometimes called a two-headed snake, based on the behavior where it raises both its head and tail at once when threatened. Learned that from this video:

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  1. I had never heard of this before but it looks great - I always love black & white creatures: zebras, magpies, etc. Posted 4 months ago

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''Amphisbaena fuliginosa'', also known as the black-and-white worm lizard, speckled worm lizard or spotted worm lizard, is a species of amphisbaenian in the genus ''Amphisbaena''. The ecology of ''A. fuliginosa'' is poorly known due to its fossorial habits. However, this species can be easily distinguished from others because of its characteristic white and black mosaic pattern that covers both the dorsal and ventral side.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
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Uploaded Apr 20, 2017. Captured Oct 19, 2016 09:09.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/10.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm