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Burton's legless lizard

Burton's legless lizard (Lialis burtonis)
Western Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Lialis burtonis - Gray, 1835
Pronunciation  lee-AH-liss   BER-tun-ee
Etymology  Lialis: Unknown.
burtonis: 'Burton's Lialis' - identity of Burton is unknown.
Other names  Burton's snake-lizard
Lialis bicatenata 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 60 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Australia's most wide-spread reptile, found across most of the mainland (absent only from some of the southern-most parts). Also found in New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia


Virtually all habitats within its range, from deserts through to rainforest margins. Probably not found at high elevations, in rainforests or in deep ocean trenches.

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