Monopeltis infuscata

Monopeltis infuscata

Monopeltis infuscata, Dusky spade-snouted worm lizard, Dusky worm lizard, Infuscate wedge-snouted amphisbaenian

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Monopeltis infuscata

Monopeltis infuscata, also known commonly as the dusky spade-snouted worm lizard, the dusky worm lizard, and the infuscate wedge-snouted amphisbaenian, is a species of amphisbaenian in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is indigenous to southern Africa.

Appearance

M. infuscata is pinkish, both dorsally and ventrally. Adults usually have a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in). The maximum recorded SVL is 28 cm (11 in).

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

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The preferred natural habitats of M. infuscata are grassland, shrubland, and savanna, at altitudes of 800–1,700 m (2,600–5,600 ft).

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Mating Habits

M. infuscata is viviparous. The adult female gives birth to a small brood in summer.

References

1. Monopeltis infuscata Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopeltis_infuscata
2. Monopeltis infuscata on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/196966/139700879

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