Burton’s Snake Lizard

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Genus: Lialis
Species: Lialis burtonis
Common names: Burton’s Snake Lizard
ALA reference

While doing some clearing last week I heard a loud hissing sound coming from the undergrowth. It was just like the noise that the large Stag beetles make. I was amazed to discover that the noise came from a Burton’s Snake Lizard (Lialis burtonis). It was about 30 cm long with a snakelike body but a very lizardlike head.

(July 2007)