Friday mystery object #40


Last week’s object was totally unrelated to natural history, but this week I am returning to my area of interest. Any idea what this might be:

(Length across specimen approx 45cm)

It’s a bit of an easy one, but next week I’ll make up for it with something a more difficult.

As usual you can ask questions or make your suggestions in the comments section below – I’ll do my best to answer, but I won’t be in the office for most of the day, so I can’t guarantee a rapid response. Good luck!

18 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #40

  1. Yep, fully agree with Gimpy on this one, the ‘tail’ is really rather long for a snake.

    I reckon it is, as Gimpy says, a Pygopod, and perhaps quite a large one – Lialis burtonis (Burton’s snake lizard)?

    • It is a lizard with no legs, but then again, since snakes evolved from lizards (probably varanids) they can also be considered to be legless lizards in the same way that birds can be considered to be dinosaurs.

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