About this object

Can grow to 85 cm long with a body that can reach up to 5 cm wide. Adults can, however, be much smaller, growing to only half that size. Of their total length, only 6% is tail. Like other wormlizards, their scales form rings around the body and give the animal an earthworm-like appearance. The scales on their back are small and square. They have a rounded head with one large tooth and six smaller ones in the front of the upper jaw.

Object specifics

  • Accession no.
  • Scientific name
    Amphisbaena alba Linnaeus, 1758
  • Classification
  • Common name
    Red Worm Lizard
  • Collector
  • Date collected
  • Place collected
    Americas: South America
  • Measurements
  • Credit line
    Purchased from Cross, 1868
  • Red Book Data status
  • Other number(s)
    previous number: 6.3.1868.4
Object view = Natural Science
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