COMMON SCALYFOOT Pygopus lepidopodus (Lacepede, 1804)
Found over most parts of southern Australia with the exception of very arid regions the Common Scalyfoot averages 60 cm in length.
South East Queensland specimens will however regularly exceed a metre in length, making it the largest kind of legless lizard. This lizard also has a prehensile tail.
Colour ranges from greys to reds, with or without markings, and this species is recognizable by its' 'rough' keeled scales. This species occurs in all but the most arid habitats, where it feeds on lizards, insects, which it actively stalks, and some vegetable material. Captive specimens readily feed on banana.
Diurnal in cooler weather, this lizard becomes nocturnal in warm weather.
Eggs are laid in the warmer months which hatch about 70 days later.
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.