European Worm Lizard (Blanus cinereus)
The European Worm Lizard, also known as the Iberian Worm Lizard, is a species of reptile in the family Amphisbaenidae (worm lizards). It is locally known as “Cobra-cega” (Portuguese), “culebrilla ciega” (Spanish) and “colobreta cega” (Catalan) meaning ‘blind snake’.
This species is found in the southern section of the Iberian Peninsula, southwards of rivers Ebro and Douro. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, arable land, and pastureland where it may be found under logs and rocks, especially after storms.
Adults may reach a total length of 10–20 cm (4–8 in). Like other amphisbaenids the European Worm Lizard is a timid burrowing reptile that feeds on worms and other small invertebrates. Sometimes they have been found inhabiting ant colonies. This species is oviparous and it is threatened by habitat loss.
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