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Limbless Lizard From Maliau Basin

By Forest Ang

......Limbless lizard - a new discovery from Malaysia....

limbless lizard
Limbless Lizard

There were many new scientific discoveries in Maliau Basin, Sabah, Malaysia. During our trip from 27 April to 3 May 2007, we encountered many different species of fuana and fauna. This "snake" as when I first saw it, was a completely new species to me. Later, I noticed that it had stomach resembling a lizard - on its abdomen. A snake lack the stomach as seen in a lizard.

note the shape of stomach resembling lizard
Note the shape of its stomach resembling lizard

But it was very strange to me that a lizard did not have legs. It was only today that I read the news from Yahoo.Com about a new discovery in India. On searching I found this Click Here.

Is this a new species from Malaysia? It was about the same size as the India's specimen about (7-inch) long. The lizard looks like a small snake. It was found at the rim of the mountain in mossy forest - cool retreat and soft soil. Check the India's story for the similarity - in features and some side markings too!

For gallery of Maliau Basin Click Here

2 June 2007
Forest Ang


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