; order Squamata, suborder Sauria)
A family of lizards, related to the geckos (Gekkonidae), which lack fore limbs and in which the hind limbs are reduced to scaly appendages. The eye has a vertical pupil and spectacle (see Serpentes). The body is slender, with a long tail that can be autotomized (see autotomy). Snake lizards may mimic snake behaviour (hissing, striking, etc.). There are 13 species, occurring in Australia and New Guinea.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.