Monopeltis sphenorhynchus

Monopeltis sphenorhynchus

Monopeltis sphenorhynchus, Maurice's slender worm lizard, Maurice's spade-snouted worm lizard, Slender spade-snouted worm lizard

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Monopeltis sphenorhynchus

Monopeltis sphenorhynchus, also known commonly as Maurice's slender worm lizard, Maurice's spade-snouted worm lizard, and the slender spade-snouted worm lizard, is a species of amphisbaenian in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is native to southern Africa. There are two recognized subspecies.

Appearance

Slender and medium-sized for the genus, adults of M. sphenorhynchus usually have a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of 20–30 cm (7.9–11.8 in). The maximum recorded SVL is 32.5 cm (12.8 in). The body is uniformly pink, both dorsally and ventrally.

Distribution

Geography

M. sphenorhynchus is found in Botswana, Mozambique, and South Africa.

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The preferred natural habitats of M. sphenorhynchus are deep sand and alluvial soil.

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Mating Habits

The mode of reproduction of M. sphenorhynchus is unknown.

References

1. Monopeltis sphenorhynchus Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopeltis_sphenorhynchus

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