Brazilian galliwasp

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Brazilian galliwasp
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Polla
Family: Anguidae
Genus: Diploglossus
Species: D. lessonae
Binomial name
Diploglossus lessonae
Peracca, 1890
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The Brazilian galliwasp (Diploglossus lessonae) is a carnivorous species of lizard found in the north-eastern Brazil. It is known in Brazil as the briba.

Diploglossus lessonae is named honour of Michele Lessona, Italian zoologist.[2]


They grow to a length of about 30 cm, and have a lifespan of roughly 10 years. Offspring are zebra-patterned, with white and black stripes circling their bodies. Adults are brown, with red/yellow coloured heads and undersides, and have little pollas.

It is commonly found in semiarid environments, scrub, and low forests.


  1. ^ Nogueira, C. (2004). "Diploglossus lessonae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Diploglossus lessonae at the Reptile Database. Accessed 28 November 2014. (in Portuguese. Translation)