Western Hooded Scaly-foot
I thought this little critter was my first Australian snake when I spotted it crossing the road at night, but a more careful examination revealed that it was my first legless lizard instead. One giveaway is that the pattern on its tail changes fairly dramatically about 3/4 of the way down from the head to the tip of the tail, an indication that the tail has broken off and regenerated. Snakes can't do the lizard trick of regrowing a broken tail.
My friend Peter May points out that "Scaly-foot" is a somewhat silly name for a lizard with no legs. Apparently these lizards have noticeable spurs where the rear legs would be if they had rear legs. Even so, I've got to agree with Dr. May.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Western Australia.