The Black Amphisbaena (Amphisbaena fuliginosa) is a worm lizard that lives for most of its time in soil. Occasionally it appears on the surface, giving us the opportunity to have a closer look.
The Black Amphisbaena can reach a length between 25 - 40 cm. This worm lizard 'carries' a lot of names too, it is also known as:
- Banded Amphisbaenian
- Speckled worm lizard
- Black and white worm lizard
The Black Amphisbaena has a variety in food choices: earthworms, larvaes, insects, ants, grasshoppers, crickets, lizard eggs.
A closer look you can see that they have short blunt tails, looking almost similar like their head.
In Suriname they are also known as 'Two-ede sneki' (two headed snake). The first time that I saw this worm lizard I first thought that it was a small snake. It also looked like its tail was acting like a head, this explains why it is called the Two headed snake.
The Black Amphisbaena is actually a worm lizard without any limbs. A non-venemous reptile!