Image: Legless Lizard illustration showing scaly flap

Legless Lizard illustration showing scaly flap

Western Scaly Foots are legless lizards found throughout Australia except on the southern coast and mountain areas. They live in wet forests and heath as well as sand dunes and dry areas. Western Scaly Foots eat scorpions, spiders and insects.

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Notes

Western Scaly Foots are legless lizards found throughout Australia except on the southern coast and mountain areas. They live in wet forests and heath as well as sand dunes and dry areas. Western Scaly Foots eat scorpions, spiders and insects.

Western Scaly Foots use their sight to find food. They bite their prey. They chew and then swallow it.

Snakes and other lizards, birds of prey like falcons, feral cats and foxes all eat Western Scaly Foots.

Western Scaly Foots move in a side-to-side swimming motion.

They lay two eggs in summer. Young Western Scaly Foots look after themselves.

Legless lizards do not have any front legs and their back legs are just a scaly flap. Because it looks like they have no legs at all they are called 'legless lizards'.

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