Silvery Legless Lizard

The Silvery Legless Lizard is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

beetle, the silvery legless lizard and several species of blue butterfly (which lay eggs and feed off of specific sand dune vegetation). In addition, sand dunes provide protection for inland, low-lying areas from strong storm waves. Q. More

possibly intergrades with the silvery legless lizard, have been collected north of the Salinas River and more than 160 km (100 miles) to the south in the Morro Bay and Pismo Beach areas (Miller 1943); the taxonomy of Anniella in these intergrade areas is unclear. More

Silvery legless lizard (Anniella pulchra pulchra) is the local subspecies. Silvery above with dark stripe down the middle of back and dark striping on sides. Yellow belly. No external ear openings; blunt snout and tail are well adapted for burrowing lifestyle. More

The Silvery Legless Lizard is a limbless lizard approximately 4 to 7 inches long. The polished looking skin is silvery gray or beige with a yellow belly. It is distinguished from snakes by being smaller and having eyelids and ears. More

Common names

Black Legless Lizard in English - English
california legless lizard in English - English
Lagartija-sin patas californiana in Spanish - espaƱol
nigra: Black Legless Lizard in English - English
Silvery Legless Lizard in English - English

Order : Squamata
Family : Anniellidae
Genus : Anniella
Species : Anniella pulchra
Authority : Gray, 1852