Silvery Legless Lizard

Animal Guide : Reptiles

Silvery Legless Lizard
Fun Fact:
You know it's not a snake when it blinks.

What's for Lunch:
Larval insects, beetles, termites and spiders

Where's Home:
Chaparral, Riparian scrub

Scientific Name:
Anniella pulchra

Animal Guide : Reptiles


This lizard is often confused with a snake because it has no legs. But you can tell it's a lizard when it blinks because snakes have no eyelids and can't close their eyes. The Silvery Legless Lizard prefers cooler temperatures. It doesn't bask in the sun like the Western Fence or Alligator lizards. It burrows in loose soil or hides in leaf litter to wait for an unwary insect to trundle by.