MEXICAN MOLE LIZARD, Bipes biporus, or five-toed worm lizard, looks like an earthworm with two front legs that burrows eats meat. Weirdo!

Mexican Mole Lizard, 2-Legged Oddball Wormlike Lizard

Mexican Mole Lizard

Odd 2-Legged Lizard, aka Bipes Biporus ~

MEXICAN MOLE LIZARD, Bipes biporus, or five-toed worm lizard, looks like an earthworm with two front legs that burrows eats meat.  Weirdo!The Mexican Mole Lizard, or Bipes biporus, is an odd looking creature.  It looks like a long earthworm with two front legs with claws that act like paddles.  It burrows in porous soils, just like an earthworms.  It’s not a true lizard but it’s closely related to lizards and snakes and belongs to the small suborder Amphisbaenia which is endemic to Baja California, Mexico

The Mexican Mole Lizard is also commonly known as the five-toed worm lizard.  It is one of four species of amphisbaenians that have legs. It should not be confused with a salamander.

Mexican Mole Lizard – Description

Mexican Mole Lizards are pink, lizard-like reptiles, 18–24 cm (7.1–9.4 in) snout-to-vent length and 6–7 mm (0.24–0.28 in) in width.  They live for one to two years. Their skin is closely segmented to give a corrugated appearance, and like earthworms, their underground movement is by peristalsis of the segments.

The forelegs are strong and paddle-like, while the hindlegs have disappeared, leaving behind only vestigial bones visible in X-rays.  The feet fold back for a “swimming” motion, yet come into play for guidance and  digging.

Mexican mole lizard

Mexican Mole Lizard – Reproduction

This species is oviparous and the females lay one to four eggs in July. The species only breeds underground. The eggs hatch after two months.

Mexican Mole Lizard – Geographic Range

The Mexican mole lizard is found only in [Xochimilco], Mexico.

Mexican Mole Lizard – Behavior

Like all other amphisbaenians, this burrowing species only surfaces at night or after heavy rain.

Mexican Mole Lizard – Diet

This carnivore eats ants, termites, ground-dwelling insects, larvae, earthworms, and small animals including lizards. It usually pulls its prey down to the ground to start its meal.

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MEXICAN MOLE LIZARD, Bipes biporus, or five-toed worm lizard, looks like an earthworm with two front legs that burrows eats meat.  Weirdo!
Mexican Mole Lizard

SOURCES:

Wikipedia – Mexican Mold Lizard

The Reptile Report – 2-legged Oddball, the Bipes-biporus

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25 thoughts on “Mexican Mole Lizard, 2-Legged Oddball Wormlike Lizard

  1. This creature is actually very cute…I wouldn’t want to touch it, but it’s very cute 🙂 I would love to see some features on here about venomous insects or maybe some unknown deep sea creatures.

  2. I have to admit that this little creature is a bit disturbing. Thanks for opening my eyes to new things I wouldn’t even know existed otherwise!

    • I’m sorry you had to experience scary things as a boy, Nathaniel. Snakes and lizards are quite fascinating creatures. But thanks for taking the time to have a look! I appreciate you.

  3. Wow Jeannie, I never new such critters existed! They are cute looking in an odd way. Thank you for telling me abut them. Your blogs are so interesting and informative that I can’t wait to read them. It just goes to show how much there is to learn about out there! Again, thank you. The Birdman

  4. Wow, what a strange creature. It sounds like it would be a beneficial thing to have in your garden to eat the bugs and aerate the earth. It’s funny that it only lives in one specific place on earth. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This kind of stuff Fascinates Me! I think this Slippery Little Fella is Just Adorable, I know some people would disagree! I Love learning about Animals, especially the Very Unique & Unusual Kind! They Need Love Too! Thanks for your Really Cool & Interesting Blogs! God Bless! Jana

    • That’s all very kind of you to say, Jana. I’m happy that you appreciate my posts so much, and that you love all these little creepy critters as well. I think this guy is adorable too, in a strange “a face only a mother could love” kind of way. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

    • I’m so happy that you’re enjoying my posts, Jana. I also glad that you love learning about animals so much. I do too. I also think that this slippery guy is kind of cute too, in “a face only a mother could love” kind of say. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

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