BURTON'S LEGLESS LIZARD Lialis burtonis Gray, 1835
Sometimes exceeding 60 cm this lizard is found in most parts of Australia and New Guinea. The Burton's Legless Lizard is always recognizable by it's long sharp pointed snout.
Along the east coast specimens are either red or grey in base colour. Elsewhere specimens may be either red(incl. brown),yellow or grey in base colour. The grey specimens may range from very dark to nearly white.
Many, but not all specimens may have longitudinal markings, particularly white markings around the head and neck region, or along the body. In hotter areas this species is mainly nocturnal, whilst in southern and colder areas this species is mainly diurnal, but nocturnal on hot summer nights.
The Burton's Legless Lizard occurs in all types of habitat where it feeds on smaller lizards.
This species will 'ambush' lizards whilst waiting concealed in grass tussocks. Resting specimens are found hiding in or under most types of ground cover.
When handled this species may utter a series of loud squeaks.
The above was from the book Australian Reptiles and Frogs by Raymond Hoser and now available on a fantastic CD-Rom along with a vast amount of other information, papers and the like on reptiles, frogs and other wildlife.