We have characterised from Xenopus laevis two new short interspersed repetitive elements, we have named Glider and Vision, that belong to the family of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs). Glider was first characterised in an intronic region of the alpha-tropomyosin (alpha-TM) gene and database search has revealed the presence of this element in 10 other Xenopus laevis genes. Glider elements are about 150 bp long and for some of them, their terminal inverted repeats are flanked by potential target-site duplications. Evidence for the mobility of Glider element has been provided by the presence/absence of one element at corresponding location in duplicated alpha-TM genes. Vision element has been identified in the promoter region of the cyclin dependant kinase 2 gene (cdk2) where it is boxed in a Glider element. Vision is 284bp long and is framed by 14-bp terminal inverted repeats that are flanked by 7-bp direct repeats. We have estimated that there are about 20,000 and 300 copies of Glider and Vision respectively scattered throughout the Xenopus laevis genome. Every MITEs elements but two described in our study are found either in 5' or in 3' regulatory regions of genes suggesting a potential role in gene regulation.