Kalahari worm lizard

Kalahari worm lizard

Kalahari worm lizard, Kalahari spade-snouted worm lizard

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Monopeltis leonhardi

The Kalahari worm lizard (Monopeltis leonhardi), also known commonly as the Kalahari spade-snouted worm lizard, is a species of amphisbaenian in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is indigenous to southern Africa.

Animal name origin

The specific name, leonhardi, is in honor of German ethnographer Leonhard Schultze-Jena.

Appearance

M. leonhardi is purplish pink dorsally, and pinkish ventrally. Adults usually have a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in). The maximum recorded SVL is 29 cm (11 in).

Distribution

Geography

M. leonhardi is found in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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The preferred natural habitat of M. leonhardi is shallow sand.

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Mating Habits

The mode of reproduction of M. leonhardi is unknown.

References

1. Kalahari worm lizard Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalahari_worm_lizard

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