Is this the “missing link between lizards, snakes and earthworms?
The Mexican mole lizard Bipes biporus lives in the western side of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. Thought to be the missing link between lizards and snakes. the wormlizard has scales arranged in rings so it physically resembles an earthworm.It looks like a science experiment gone a miss.
Also called a mole-limbed worm-lizard is a burrowing species that only surfaces at night or after heavy rain to feed. The two-legged wormlizard uses his two clawed feet to dig and hold prey. It lives in a burrow in the sandy soil under a rock amongst the roots of a mesquite tree.
Colored very pale pink or orangish-pink, and sometimes with a whitish belly, the two-legged wormlizard has two front legs, each with five claws. Adults can reach 7.5 to 8.3 inches (19 to 21 centimeters) long, including a short tail. The tail can separate from the body to escape if caught by a predator.
Living in the Sonoran desert with coloring so light it can only surface at night or when it rains to feed. The Mole-lizard eats ants, termites, ground dwelling insects, larvae, earthworms, and small animals including lizards. It usually pulls its prey down to its burrow where it rips off pieces of its victim using its tooth and claws to dine alone.
The Mole-lizard mates underground. Like many snakes, the females lay one to four eggs in July. The eggs hatch after two months.
There is so little research done on this illusive creature no one yet knows whether these worm-lizards is the predecessor to the lizard, snakes and earthworms.