- Common Names
A medium sized lizard species named for the appearance of the terminal half of their tails. These lizards prey on a variety of birds, amphibians, mammals, and other lizards. They are known to lay in wait and twitch their tails in a manner resembling a wriggling earthworm, then pounce upon unwary prey lured in by the bait.
- <0.5 kg (<1 pound), 25-30 centimetres (10-13 inches) length
- Scaled lizard in brown, tans, and other earth tones, with six roughly equal length legs, and a long tail with a fat pinkish-brown appearance for the terminal half.
- Sexual Dimorphism
- No significant difference between the sexes.
- Some colouration and patterning differences between sub-species.
- Savanna, mixed light-forest, scrub, or grasslands, sub-tropical to temperate latitudes.
- Small mammals, birds, amphibians or other lizards.
- Social grouping
- Solitary or small groups numbering less than 6 individuals.
- After mating females will lay a half dozen eggs in a shallow scraped nest, or den. She will brood the eggs until hatching. Young wormtails will stay near their parent for a few months until they are able to successfully hunt on their own.
- Wormtails utilize the tips of their tails as bait. Laying in wait behind cover, they will wriggle their tail tips in a manner that resembles a worm wriggling on the ground, to lure prey into range to be ambushed.