Friday, April 19, 2013

A Glass Lizard

  Eeks, a snake! Well, maybe not.

A Glass "Snake"
I came across this small (ca. 1 foot) snake-like creature on today's walk, and soon realized that he was not a snake at all, but a glass lizard.

Three or possibly more kinds of these limbless lizards may occur here, so it was necessary to take a close look to figure out which one he was.

Vertical neck bars and lack of prominent stripes may be tipoffs

Examining the patterns on the head and body suggests that this specimen is a young eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis). The habitat seems right also. Second opinions will be welcomed.