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Scientists discover new species of legless lizards at Los Angeles Airport

Four previously unknown species of legless lizard were described in California by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and Cal State-Fullerton.

The species, all members of the Anniella genus, were hiding in plain site, living in marginal habitats that included “a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley, on the margins of the Mojave desert, and at the end of one of the runways at LAX,” according to a statement from UC Berkeley.

Bakersfield Legless Lizard

Bakersfield Legless Lizard

 

The lizards live their entire lives underground or near the surface, and often don’t leave an area the size of a small table, the statement noted. When they are found at the surface, it’s usually in moist areas under dead wood or logs


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