Significance to Humans:
Rounded snout. Head not distinguishable from neck. Has prominent ear openings. The scales are strongly keeled (raised) and the body is heavily built, with vestigial hind limb flaps present. Reddish-brown to grey in colouration with weak to no markings. Scales have a glossy texture.
Distinguished from snake by:
• Presence of movable eyelids
• Fleshy tongue (not forked)
• Vestigial hind limb flaps present
• Ear openings
120mm up to 275mm snout-vent length. Tail can be about 3 times length of body.
Habitat in SE Qld:
Inhabitant of long grasses, heaths, and woodlands.
Shelters beneath low vegetation and in dense grasses. Encountered foraging in open low vegetation on warm sunny mornings, fleeing quickly when disturbed. Nocturnal in hot weather. When threatened, the scaly-foot flashes its thick, fleshy tongue, in an apparent mimicry of snakes.
Its diet includes a variety of invertebrates such as burrowing spiders.
Successful in all Sunshine Coast suburbs and frequently seen on mt Coolum. Expected to be widespread in suburbs with preferred dry vegetative structure.
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