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Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Sauria
Family Anniellidae


Anniella sp.—North American Legless LizardsRegional Pleistocene distribution of Anniella pulchra.

Although the layman tends to think that all long, legless creatures are either worms or snakes, a number of amphibians and lizards also lack limbs; members of the genus Anniella, included.

Aniella image

Fig. 1. California Legless Lizard. Photograph by Chris Brown. Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.


Irvingtonian: Elsinore: Microtus/Mammuthus (Bell 1993).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (Jefferson 2014).

Literature. Jefferson 2014.


Anniella pulchra—California Legless LizardRegional Pleistocene distribution of Anniella pulchra


Mid Wisconsin: Pacific City (Wake and Roeder 2009).

Literature. Wake and Roeder 2009.


Last Update: 6 Jan 2016