|Scalyfoot at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia|
Bernard Germain de Lacépède 1804
Mostly active at dusk or dawn (crepuscular), it can be nocturnal after high daytime temperatures. It lives in long grasses, heaths, and woodlands, and is most often seen on warm mornings, foraging for food. When threatened, the scaly-foot flashes its thick, fleshy tongue, in an apparent mimicry of snakes. Usually two eggs are laid per clutch.
The scaly-foot is snake-like in appearance, up to 80 cm in length with a noticeable "keel" or ridge on the top. Variable in colours and pattern, it occasionally is grey with black spots or sometimes coppery brown with a grey tail. Other patterns and variations occur. Prominent limb flaps may be seen on close inspection, hence the name "scaly-foot".
Considered an easy to keep species, a license is required to keep the common scaly-foot as a pet in Australia.
- Wilson, Steve; Swan, Gerry. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia. p. 122. ISBN 1-876334-72-X.
- "Complete outline of the NSW reptile licensing system (PDF - 117KB) - Publication | NSW Environment & Heritage". Environment.nsw.gov.au. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
- "Captive breeding". Jstor.org. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- "Notes on the feeding behaviour of the Common Scaly Foot - Pygopus lepidopodus - and Burton's Legless Lizard - Lialis burtonis". Smuggled.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
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