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October 2013 - ABRS
A family of oviparous, limbless snake- or worm-like lizards endemic to the Australia region, known as snake lizards, legless lizards or flap-footed lizards. Of the 34 species in 8 genera, only one species (confined to New Guinea) does not occur in Australia. They are most closely allied to the geckos (family Gekkonidae).
The family is characterised in Australia by: forelimbs absent; hindlimbs vestigial, represented by a pair of scaly skin flaps, one on either side of the cloacal opening; eyes without movable lids and covered by a snake-like spectacle; external ear opening usually present; tail (unless regenerating) usually at least as long as the snout-vent length.
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