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Cambodian scientist discovers new species of blind and legless lizard

May 10, 2011

First on record in Cambodia and the first reptile to be both discovered and formally described in a scientific journal by a Cambodian national.

Cambodian national Neang Thy thought he had found a common flowerpot snake when he turned over a log in the Cardamom Mountains and noticed a small worm-like creature trying to flee from the sudden light. On closer inspection the diminutive reptile was revealed to be a peculiar type of lizard that is both blind and legless.

“At first I thought it was a common species”, said Thy, who works as a herpetologist with the Ministry of Environment and Fauna & Flora International (FFI), “but looking closer I realised it was something I didn’t recognise.”

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