The form of movement in which animals must crawl is called crawling. In this article we will mention some examples of animals that can crawl , although in reality there are many more worldwide.
Animals that can crawl are called reptiles . In general, the animals that can crawl are those that drag their belly against the ground when moving. Most of them do not have legs, but this is not a requirement for animals that can crawl, since we see the case of the crocodile, which has legs.
Another point to highlight about crawling animals is that not all of them are reptiles, since we can notice the example of the snail, which is a mollusk and also drags its belly along the ground when moving.
20 Examples of Animals That Can Crawl
The animal world is truly vast and crawling animals can also stand out in variety. Therefore, we see species that live on land and in water, that are oviparous and viviparous , that have shells and that do not have, that have smooth, scaly or horned skin. Whatever the species, as long as it crawls, they can crawl.
- Rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria alvarezi): This snake has an iridescent skin and hence its name. It can be up to two meters in length and weigh up to 4.5 kg. The rainbow boa has large, irregular rings on its body. However, on the head it does not have rings or spots, but it does have stripes that go from the nose to the head.
- Chameleon: There are more than 100 species of chameleons in the world, characterized by changing according to where they are located. Chameleons are predatory reptiles of worms, grasshoppers, locusts, flies, and other insects. They manage to hunt them thanks to their great visual acuity, which allows them to detect even the smallest movements.
- Roman snail (Helix pomatia): This gastropod mollusk is also an animal that can crawl and its slimy trail when moving, serves to facilitate its movement on different surfaces. It is one of the best known species of mollusks, because they are distributed throughout the world. For this reason, it is also called the Viña snail or Burgundy snail, as it has been located in different places.
- Tropical rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus): Also called the southern rattlesnake, it is also known for its large size and for producing poisonous substances. Hence its colors in yellowish tones, as a warning sign. This crawling animal lives in dry regions and feeds on small animals, especially rodents.
- Crocodile: Among the approximately 14 species distributed in Africa, Asia, America and Australia, all crawl on its belly. Although it is a terrestrial animal, it congregates in freshwater habitats (rivers, lakes, and wetlands). To achieve the body temperature you need, as soon as the sun rises, it remains motionless in an area of clear land, to receive its heat.
- Coral (Micrurus pyrrhocryptus): It is one of the most poisonous animals known. This reptile is very peculiar for its colorful rings and their shape, since they are black, sandwiched between two white rings. Sequence that they repeat throughout their entire body. It can be found mostly in forests and jungles.
- Striped snake (Philodryas psammophidea): It is one of the creeping animals that has opisthglyphic teeth , which means that it has poisonous teeth in the lower part of the mouth. This animal is also called sand snake because of the places it frequents, which are arid zones and forests.
- Green snake (Philodryas patagoniensis): It is also called grassland snake, as it is found mostly in grasslands, forests and open areas. Perhaps for this reason the tonality that it presents on the body is greenish, with dark tones surrounding the scales, simulating a camouflage. It is an oviparous animal, as it lays eggs like most species.
- Blind shingles (Blanus cinereus): It is a scaled reptile that has a trapezoidal head, with a body size of 254 mm in males and smaller in females. It has a peculiarity in its head, as it has a dorsal transverse groove that separates it from the body. In some species there are shades that vary between grayish pink and brown, although in some species they are albino.
- Sleepyhead (Sibynomorphus turgidus): In this case, sleepyhead is characterized by being larger in females than in males, with females being 50 cm and males a little over 30 cm. Their tails are pointed and short. Its head is very different from the body, as it is oval, while the body is cylindrical.
- Striped skink (Eumeces skiltonianus): This is one of the animals that crawls, with legs. However, its limbs are short. It is a lizard that has dark tones on its body. Its size is small and its body is slim. It feeds on invertebrates , like insects. They reproduce during the spring and summer.
- Legless lizard (Anniella pulchra): This crawling animal moves on its belly and is one of the most curious lizards that exists, since it does not have legs. That is, it does not have members to move from one place to another. However, your belly is strong enough to do the movements. Its scales are shiny and are distributed around its body. Its body color is dark on the sides, but yellowish on the belly section.
- Green lizard (Teius teyou): The green lizard also crawls in wooded and grassland areas. Their favorite food is invertebrate-based and they are oviparous. Its green color is very impressive and it has a long tail. However, males are identified from females by having blue colored body areas when they are ready to reproduce.
- Horned lizard (Phrynosoma coronatum): The horned lizard has a flattened and wide body. They live in dry places and eat insects. Their limbs are very short, so they have to crawl to be able to move. It has greyish colorations and in the cephalic region it has a type of horns that are covered with thorns, hence its name.
- Common tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis): Tortoises are also creeping animals. This land tortoise is characterized by having a large, tall, dark colored shell. It lives in areas where vegetables and fruits predominate, since it is a mainly herbivorous reptile . However, it sometimes feeds on some bones and meat. It is an oviparous animal and it is common to find it as a companion animal in some homes.
- Blind viper (Leptotyphlops melanotermus): It is characterized by being small in size, does not have venom-secreting glands and has an underground life, normally inhabiting the gardens of many homes. It lays eggs, so it is an oviparous animal. As for their diet, their diet is based mainly on small invertebrates, such as some species of insects .
Other creeping animals
- False coral (Lystrophis pulcher)
- Red iguana (Tupinambis rufescens)
- Lampalagua (Boa constrictor occidentalis)
- Earthworm common ground (Lumbricus terrestris)
- Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
- Glass viper (Ophiodes intermedius)