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Ringed Lizards (family Amphisbaeidae) look like worms with square scales arranged in rings around their bodies. They don't have ear openings and their eyes are hidden under their skin. They are burrowers.

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The Florida Worm Lizard, Rhineura floridana, is found in dry upland areas throughout the peninsula south to Highlands County. Its scales arranged in rings make it look much like a large (11") pale or pink earthworm. It has no legs, eyes, or ears and its mouth is recessed under its jaw. It lives underground except during September and October when it often comes above ground. It must come to the surface if its burrow becomes flooded.

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