Pygopodidae


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Pygopodidae

[‚pī·gə′päd·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The flap-footed lizards, a family of the suborder Sauria.

Pygopodidae

 

a family of reptiles of the order Sauria. The snakelike body reaches 80 cm in length. The front extremities are not developed, and the back extremities resemble small fins covered with scales; they are practically unnoticeable in some species. The tail is very long. The eyes are small, with vertical pupils. The eyelids have fused into a transparent membrane.

The Pygopodidae embrace eight genera, with approximately 30 species. The lizards are distributed mainly in Australia, as well as in New Guinea and neighboring islands. They are primarily nocturnal and usually live in tall grasses. They feed on insects and other invertebrates.