Distribution: Colombia, Venezuela (Falcon, Trinidad), Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Trinidad
Type locality: “America”
Amphisbaena fuliginosa, also known as the black-and-white worm lizard, speckled worm lizard or spotted worm lizard, is a species of amphisbaenian in the genus Amphisbaena. The ecology of A. fuliginosa is poorly known due to its fossorial habits. However, this species can be easily distinguished from others because of its characteristic white and black mosaic pattern that covers both the dorsal and ventral side.
A. fuliginosa grows to a total length (body + tail) of 30–45 centimetres (12–18 in).
It inhabits Amazonian forest areas.
Behavior and diet
It is a burrowing nocturnal species and spends most of its time underground. A. fuliginosa will feed on any small invertebrate, or insect, that it can find while burrowing. When it finds its prey it will use its strong jaws to catch and kill it.
This species is oviparous.
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- Paulo Nogueira-Costa, Flávia Vieira de Oliveira Aguiar, Guilherme Ramos da Silva, Mariana Campelo Afonso, José Thiago Barbosa Baldine & Marcos Ferreira Venâncio (2013). "Reptilia, Squamata, Amphisbaenidae, Amphisbaena fuliginosa wiedi Vanzolini, 1951: distribution extension" (PDF). CheckList 9 (1): 167–168.