Elusive limbless lizard:
In 2003, Chilika Development Authority (CDA) had searched the Barkuda island to locate this rare lizard. But this limbless rare lizard could not be located. In December 2021, a snake rescuer of Buguda area in Ganjam district Harish Padhi sent photo of a unique looking legless animal to Subhendu Mallik, general secretary of Snake Helpline and honorary wildlife warden of Khordha district. This photograph had astonished Subhendu. It was the elusive Barkudua insularis. But Harish had released this rare lizard at the very spot, where he had found it.
On the next day a four member team led by Subhendu had reached Buddhakhol area in Ganjam to track down the Barkudia insularis. They could find another Barkudia insularis at the spot. But their later visits to the spot in search of this rare lizard have not been successful.
According to Subhendu, it is our duty to protect this endangered rare species. It is not poisonous. It cannot ham humans. He demanded protection of this rare animal through the strict implementation Wildlife Protection Act.
Till now, good pictures of this rare lizard are unavailable. Very little is known about its life and habitat. Harish is too happy that fate provided him the chance to locate photograph this rare limbless lizard near his native place Buguda.
Very little is known about Barkudia insularis spcies. Earlier it was thought that this species was found only in mangrove habitats. But it has now been found near Buddhakhola, a hilly region. It is a limbless skink that looks like earthworm. It lives in subsoil. It is thought that small arthropods may be its food. But nothing can be said for sure.
Sometimes people think Barkudia insularis to be small snakes. But they are not snakes. Snakes do not have ears and eyelids. But this rare limbless lizard has ears and eyelids. Tongues of snakes are forked. According to Suvendu, Barkudia insularis do not have forked tongues.