Mertens's worm lizard

Mertens's worm lizard

Amphisbaena mertensii, Mertens' worm lizard, Mertens's worm lizard

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Amphisbaena mertensii

Amphisbaena mertensii, also known as the Mertens' worm lizard or Mertens's worm lizard, is a species of worm lizard in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is endemic to South America.

Animal name origin

The specific name, mertensii, is in honor of a Dr. Mertens who collected the holotype.

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A. mertensii is found in northern Argentina, southeastern Brazil, and eastern Paraguay.

Habits and Lifestyle

Amphisbaenians are fossorial reptiles with few predators due to their powerful bite and writhing defensive tactics. However, some snakes have been found feeding on amphisbaenians including A. mertensii. This species is also able to defend itself against dangerous predators such as snakes by releasing a foul discharge from its cloacal region.

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Mating Habits

A. mertensii is oviparous.

References

1. Mertens's worm lizard Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mertens's_worm_lizard
2. Mertens's worm lizard on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/56039194/56039199

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