The pink-tailed worm-lizard is a member of the family Pygopodidae. It is a small, legless and very slender lizard that lives underground, growing to about 25 cm in length, nearly half of which is tail. The snout and the tail are rounded and blunt. The presence of small hind-limb flaps distinguishes it from a juvenile snake. Colouration is predominantly grey-brown to pale grey, with a slightly darker head and nape and a paler underside. The end part of the tail is pinkish to reddish-brown. Each dorsal scale has a short dark mark, forming indistinct, broken, longitudinal stripes that often come together on the tail. There are no external ear openings.
Pink-tailed Worm-lizard, Pink-tailed Legless Lizard |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Aprasia parapulchella
Inappropriate fire regimes The impacts of fire on the pink tailed worm lizard are unknown.