Van Dam's dwarf worm lizard

Van Dam's dwarf worm lizard

Van Dam's dwarf worm lizard

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Zygaspis vandami

Van Dam's dwarf worm lizard (Zygaspis vandami), also known commonly as the sand-dwelling dwarf worm lizard and Van Dam's round-headed worm lizard, is a species of amphisbaenian in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is native to southern Africa. There are two recognized subspecies.

Animal name origin

The specific name, vandami, is in honor of South African Herpetologist Gerhardus Petrus Frederick Van Dam (died 1927).

Appearance

One of the smaller species in its genus, Z. vandami usually has a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of 13–17 cm (5.1–6.7 in). The maximum recorded SVL is 18.5 cm (7.3 in). It is uniformly dark purplish brown dorsally, and light purple ventrally. The chin and the anal area are white.

Distribution

Geography

Z. vandami is found in Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

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The preferred natural habitats of Z. vandami are sand, sandy-soils, and humus-rich soils.

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Habits and Lifestyle

A burrowing species, Z. vandami is usually found under logs and stones.

Mating Habits

Z. vandami is oviparous.

References

1. Van Dam's dwarf worm lizard Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Dam's_dwarf_worm_lizard

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