Sorry, I missed posting for a few days ... not like me to do that. Somehow the 24 hours that we are all allotted each day did not include time to post.
Above, you see the smiling face of a Worm Lizard. That flat, shovel-shaped forehead allows him to shove dirt aside as he digs through our sandy soil. He's a legless lizard who lives a subterranean lifestyle ... which means you may never have seen one.
(Unless you read an earlier post here at PF about this animal)
Last week, one of my students brought this one to me. It was a great specimen, uninjured and very animated.
In my experience, the few times I have found one of these while digging has almost always involved some injury to the lizard by whatever I was using to dig... shovel, tiller, etc.
They DO look wormy. My students thought he was pretty neat and only one or two had ever seen one.
I took him home and released him on a sandy mound left by another subterranean creature, the pocket gopher.
Here's about 30 seconds of worm lizard digging. Be sure to turn up the volume so you can enjoy the calls of the parenting hawks in my back woods.