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Eastern Glass Lizard

Ophisaurus ventralis

Description:

Spotted in Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA. Adults grow to 46–108 cm (18–43 in) in length. Juveniles are khaki-colored and usually have two dark stripes that run down the back.

Habitat:

Habitats include moist and dry areas (especially the former), including damp grassy areas, maritime forests, open and scrubby woods (mesic hammock, pine flatwoods), vacant lots in coastal towns. It favors areas with sandy friable soils and abundant shelter on ground. It is regarded as semifossorial.

Notes:

This lizard is endemic to the southeastern United States. Eats spiders, snails, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, and other insects

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6 Comments

ClarissaJeannette
ClarissaJeannette 10 months ago

I love these! Never confused them for a snake thought, they don't look like them to me.

RobBielawski
RobBielawski 3 years ago

Really a beautiful photograph, and such an unnusual animal as well.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 3 years ago

Wow!

marylou.wildlife
marylou.wildlife 3 years ago

I do love these guys... I especially love telling people they are NOT snakes... many refuse to believe it though :)

MitchRay
MitchRay 3 years ago

Great spotting!

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 years ago

Amazing! I think legless lizards are so cool! My spotting is in the related spottings. The animal of your spotting gets a lot longer though, looks even more like a snake.

Georgia, USA

Lat: 32.84, Long: -83.60

Spotted on May 27, 2010
Submitted on Jul 19, 2011

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