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Slender Glass Lizard Ophisaurus attenuatus


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Slender Glass Lizard
credit: Dawson

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Family: Anguidae, Anguid Lizards view all from this family

Description Legless. Yellow to brown body with six stripes and lateral grooves. Unlike snakes, they have eyelids and ears.

Dimensions 56-106.7cm. (22-42")

Subspecies Western Slender Glass Lizard - Shorter tail. Wisconsin, illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Eastern Slender Glass Lizard - Tail long, 2 1/2 times rest of head & body combined. Virginia to Louisiana along coast. Tennessee to Kentucky.

Breeding Breeds in May. Lays eggs in June/July, 16-17 eggs per clutch. Females guard eggs.

Habitat Woodland and grassland.

Range Virginia, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois.

Discussion Diurnal. Wriggles if caught or held. Tail shatters is grabbed or if it takes a blow.