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Two-toed Earless Skink
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Scientific classification

Chelomeles quadrilineatus Duméril and Bibron, 1839
Lygosoma quadrilineatum (Duméril and Bibron, 1839)
Hemiergis quadrilineatum (Duméril and Bibron, 1839)

The two-toed earless skink (Hemiergis quadrilineata) is a common species of skink found in coastal south-western Western Australia. It is characterised by its long tail, an absence of ear-holes, shiny skin, yellow underside and short weak limbs, each of which with only two toes. It can grow to be over 10 cm in length, however the average size is approximately 7.5 cm. It also exhibits a snake-like movement, and due to the small size and non-functionality of limbs in locomotion, it is often referred to as a legless lizard.

It typically inhabits bushland and scrub, however it is commonly found in Perth suburban backyards amongst leaves or under rocks.

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