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Iberian worm lizard

(Blanus cinereus)


Category: Reptiles



Even though they are vertebrates with scales and rudimentary eyes, the limbless, ringed morphology of these primitive, subterranean reptiles is very similar to a worm. Iberian worm lizards are found in Portugal and throughout central and southern Spain. They are opportunistic feeders, able to survive in a wide variety of habitats so long as they are able to move between different soil depths and textures in order to satisfy their thermoregulatory needs. 



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Blanidae
Genus - Blanus
Species - B. cinereus

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