Diploglossus lessonae

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Diploglossus lessonae
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Suborder:Sauria
Family:Anguidae
Genus:Diploglossus
Species:D. lessonae
Binomial name
Diploglossus lessonae
Peracca, 1890
 
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Diploglossus lessonae
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Suborder:Sauria
Family:Anguidae
Genus:Diploglossus
Species:D. lessonae
Binomial name
Diploglossus lessonae
Peracca, 1890

The Anguid lizard or Brazilian galliwasp (Diploglossus lessonae) is a carnivorous species of lizard found in the north-eastern and south-eastern parts of Brazil. It is known in Brazil as the Briba.

Description

They are a small lizard, growing to a length of about 30 cm, and have a life span of roughly 10 years. Offspring are zebra patterned, with white and black stripes circling the body. Adults are brown, with a red/yellow coloured head and underside.

It is commonly found in semi-arid environments, scrub and low forests.

References

zoologico.sp.gov.br (in Portuguese. Translation)