Glass lizard facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsGlass lizard
|Eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)|
Although most species have no legs, their head shapes, movable eyelids, and external ear openings show they are lizards. A few species have very small, stub-like legs near their rear vent (cloaca). These are vestigial organs.
Like many lizards, they have the ability to drop off part of the tail when attacked. It can break into several pieces, like glass. The tail stays mobile, distracting the predator, while the lizard keeps still.
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Slender glass lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus)
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