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 (12)

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David Moon 6 March, 2012 15:23
snout vent length of up to 90 mm or 9 mm ???
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.
Jack 4 September, 2012 12:42
is it all true? i work with legless lizards and its not!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :( :( :( :( :( :(
Discovery Centre 5 September, 2012 11:10
Hi Jack, thanks for the comment, but we are unsure what you are referring to.
cameron 26 October, 2012 13:18
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
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?
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.
tony morgan 15 February, 2016 10:49
we found, last night, a legless lizard, about 15 cm nose to tail tip. jet black head,and light brown body. it was on a path near the liegh river at inverliegh in victoria. it was quite active .the time was 21.30 .temp 17 cel . do you know what species this could be
Discovery Centre 16 February, 2016 09:50
Hi Tony, our Herpetologist would need good quality images to attempt an identification. If you do get any please feel free to send them to You may have very good reptile knowledge but for anyone else reading this please make sure you take care obtaining images in case what you think is a legles lizard is in fact a snake.
Ron Silverstein 12 July, 2016 07:50
I am interested where you found it in Inverleigh Can you send me google map
DaisyRenee 27 April, 2016 18:54
I would love to get more information of where the Striped Legless Lizard often travels, or lives. (Habitat) I am a biologists and great at giving scores, you should improve the information or extend it maybe. Add KPCOFGS too-if you like.
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