The Amphisbaenidae are a family of amphisbaenians, commonly known as worm lizards. They are found in South America, some Caribbean islands, and in sub-Saharan Africa. One primitive and somewhat aberrant genus, Blanus, is native to Europe, and may represent a distinct family.

Members of the family are limbless, burrowing, lizard-like reptiles with a carnivorous diet. Some species have spade-like heads, while others have a narrow crest.


There are over 120 species in the family, grouped into seventeen genera.


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