Striped Legless Lizard Delma impar

Lizards of Victoria series


The Striped Legless Lizard, Delma impar, can be identified by the presence of a dark stripe along each side of the body. It has a snout vent length of up to 90 mm and the tail is longer than the head and body.

Photo of Striped Legless Lizard, Delma impar

Striped Legless Lizard
Photographer: Peter Robertson / Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.

Distribution and habitat

The Striped Legless Lizard is widespread, but uncommon. It ranges through the Western District and the basalt plains northwards along the western border of the Great Dividing Range. It is found in association with grass plains.


The Striped Legless Lizard appears to feed mainly on larval noctuid moths, supplemented by crickets and spiders. Little is known about reproduction in this species, although it is reasonable to assume that females lay 2 eggs per clutch.

Further Reading

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books.

Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. Reptiles of Australia. Princeton University Press.

Comments (8)

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Roma 8 February, 2016 17:54
I saw a small one about 8 inches long today when I moved a pot plant this morning in Willaura, Victoria. I was quite surprised as I was unaware of legless lizards.
Meagan 5 October, 2015 23:50
I saw my second legless lizard in my backyard today. I live in Strathfieldsaye, Victoria. Are they rare or endangered, or just uncommon?
ben 21 February, 2014 19:41
I found one of these living under a pot plant in our back yard about 1/2 hour ago in strathfieldsay central vic
cameron 26 October, 2012 13:18
Discovery Centre 5 September, 2012 11:10
Hi Jack, thanks for the comment, but we are unsure what you are referring to.
Jack 4 September, 2012 12:42
is it all true? i work with legless lizards and its not!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :( :( :( :( :( :(
Discovery Centre 9 March, 2012 12:25
Hi David, the snout to vent length of up 90 mm refers to the length of the lizard from the snout to the vent or cloaca. The length of the tail is not included as the species is capable of dropping the tail and you may measure a lizard which has dropped its tail or is growing its tail back, giving an inaccurate reading of its length.
David Moon 6 March, 2012 15:23
snout vent length of up to 90 mm or 9 mm ???
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