Generally active at dusk, dawn and throughout the night, the bronzeback snake-lizard, moves swiftly through leaf litter in search of invertebrate prey, which includes termites, cockroach nymphs, beetle and moth larvae, and spiders (3). Prey is gripped in the jaws, and torn into pieces by using a vigorous rolling motion, similar to a crocodile “death-roll” (2). This species spends almost its entire life underground, only making rare emergences at the surface when its habitat is disturbed or when dispersing to new areas (2).
Little is known about the reproductive biology of the bronzeback snake-lizard. Mating is believed to occur around early spring, with two eggs laid well before January (3) (4). After birth, the juveniles may actively disperse from preferred areas of deep-leaf litter, where relatively large numbers of individuals may occur, to less favourable habitats with shallower substrate (4).