Although name implies a nocturnal existence, it is active primarily during the day. Tends to stay in habitat and will not travel great distances. Feeds mainly on termites, ants, fleas, beetles, spiders, and other insects.
Dorsum ranges from gray to brown to olive and exhibits numerous dark markings across body. Head is flattened and possesses plate-like scales. Dorsal scales are smooth and small while those on the venter and tail are bigger and more rectangular in shape. Large, rounded eyes resemble those of a snake's. Total length averages about 10 cm. Females engage in live birth; litters of one or two born August or September.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians