May 15th, 2006


Legless Lizards

I once told a good friend about these strange reptiles, and so far I haven't managed to find the educational poster they used to sell in town showing all the snakes around the traps that will kill you (you have to love living in a country where you can pretty much sum up the wildlife as "kill you, kill you, kill you, won't kill you but will make you wish you were dead, kill you, kill you."

They can't hurt you, and they have these really cool tails. The tail is twice as long as the body, and have "fracture planes". Fracture planes are weaknesses in the tail that allow it to break off in one of many different spots. If a predator grabs the lizard’s tail, the body of the lizard, which contains all the vital organs, may escape while the tail wiggles wildly. In time, the lizard will regenerate a new tail.

They eat spiders and grasshoppers and other things like that.

So, here is a picture of the odd creature known as a legless lizard. It's a lizard, with no legs, or at least very little legs. So little in fact, the word little should be said like "widdle".

Behold the wonder of the lizard with no legs!