🏜️🦎 The lizard that swims...in sand! 🦎 🏜️

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Nature never seizes to amaze me!

Just look at this cute little fella i just heard about:

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Yep a lizard, a bit weird looking though... So..what's so special about it?

Well, as you have probably guessed from the title of the post...It can swim in sand, hence it's common name, the "Sandfish".

Unfortunately, I couldn't find many decent videos exhibiting this amazing ability... Except for this video by Natgeo

They seem to be good in running too

https://youtube.com/shorts/Si75U_cgUU4?si=Ek4Htni5eIEoR-FX

Lmao at the ridiculous narration 😂

Scientifically described as scincus scincus, other common names it comes by are the common skink and the as the sandfish skink. The species occurs in the Sahara Desert and the Arabian Peninsula.

Here's an interesting piece of info from Wikipedia explaining how they manage to swim in the sand

X-ray imaging has demonstrated the lizard swims within sand using an undulatory gait with its limbs tucked against its sides rather than use its limbs as paddles to propel itself forward. Subsequent studies of the mathematics of sandfish sand-swimming, using robotic models, and electromyography show that the sandfish uses the optimum waveform to move through the sand with minimal energetic cost, given its anatomy.

And yes, they can actually breath under water sand! They get oxygen from the tiny pockets of trapped air in the sand! And thanks to a special little organ they don't drown...but simply sneeze the sand or any other craps that gets into:

They breathe the tiny pockets of air between grains of sand, and a specially-formed respiratory tract catches inhaled particles before they reach the lungs. These particles are then expelled via sneezing Source

Interestingly, there's a shit ton of videos on YouTube from people keeping them as pets! If you want a weird animal as a pet it seems this one is something you can actually get ^_^

Ok, hope you enjoyed reading about yet another amazing creature! Feel free to check the links above if you want to learn more. I'll close now with some more cool vids 😎

https://youtube.com/shorts/tvAEbr9pfDA?si=Dn3lqI86ox8hfkTS

https://youtube.com/shorts/w7yRKzBC7tc?si=CrZkyyu7P7_uFp0p

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That's pretty damn cool! Nice find on this little critter.
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That is totally insane…

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The swimming lizard

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This is wild.

First it looked like a snake, than a fish and than a lizard !LOL

The way it chased that insect swimming in sand was Awesome.

Yes such an amazing animal! I am surprised I hadn't heard about it till today!

I'd like to start a diet.
But I've got too much on my plate right now.

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That is weird. I didn't expect for things to be able to breathe under the sand.

And yet it does!

That’s a beautiful lizard
Thanks for the facts

The sandfish is very beautiful really, the skin almost like that of the snake. It's ability to swim on sand and breathe beneath is really awesome.
Nature is really amazing but the Creator of Nature is amaziest.

Amaziest? 🤔😄

Sorry... Amazest, a typo error 😀

It's interesting but too scary

Wouldn't say scary 😄

I don't want to see such creatures 😱. I hate lizards the most and I have great fear of it.

Haha, that's actually a really cool little creature. Never heard of them in my life, pretty funny how it runs!

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Haha, that's actually a really cool little creature

No you

Love how the sand moves with it, really satisfying to watch. It looks slimy, more like a snake than a lizard. Interesting find👍

Glad you liked it friend 😄😄😄

Wooooaaaaaaa, just woooowwww. For real, lizard swimming in the sand? 😰 This is the first time I've ever heard which leads to know some more interests about nature.