Species group: Legless Lizards
Scientific name: Ophisaurus attenuatus
The Slender Glass Lizard is found in the Eastern United States, from Wisconsin to Florida and Texas. Their natural habitat includes dry and open areas like grasslands, sand hills, and open woodlands.
Appearance / health:
Slender Glass Lizards resemble snakes in being slim and long (up to about 40 inches). Unlike snakes, they have moveable eyes and external ears. They are yellow to brown in body color, typically with a dark stripe along the spine. They have noticeable lateral grooves, with dark markings and stripes just below them. Their jaws are not as flexible as the snake’s.
Behavior / temperament:
Slender Glass Lizards are diurnal. They are fast and move like snakes. When in danger, they drop their tails into several pieces (hence the name Glass Lizard) to confuse and escape from their predators. The dropped tail grows back.
The Slender Glass Lizard’s diet consists of insects, snails, young rodents, and small reptiles and their eggs.
Slender Glass Lizards mate in mid-spring and lay eggs of about 12 per clutch in June or July. The female incubates the eggs that hatch after about 60 days.
Shy, sensative lizard.
The one on display at the facility I worked at was extremely difficult to handle. It was not friendly, it was not handle able without severe stress. I am told that they can be rather gentle however if acclimated to people before hand..
From Kacie Bingham Sep 30 2017 1:39AM
Interesting but Fragile as Glass!
Slender glass lizards are rarely kept in captivity, but they can make interesting, long-lived additions to the collections of those looking for “something different”. However, they are shy, and spend most of their time below ground, and absolutely will not tolerate handling (the name is accurate – yours will be tail-less after the slightest grab!).
The glass lizard’s temperature needs- a range of 75-85 with a basking site of 88 F – are easily met, and UVB exposure seems unnecessary if they are provided a balanced diet (I recommend low output UVB bulbs, as “insurance”). The terrarium’s humidity level should be kept low, but a daily misting is beneficial. These attractive recluses will not thrive without a thick substrate in which to burrow (a mix of top soil, sand, and dead leaves works well), but they may emerge to bask and feed once habituated.
A wide variety of invertebrates supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to your pet’s well-being. Oddly for a lizard, earthworms are particular favorites, and can be used as the basis of the diet. Canned snails, crickets, sowbugs, silkworms, hornworms, locusts, mealworm pupae, and wild-caught insects should also be supplied; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not supply adequate nutrition long-term…please do not re-prove this rule!.
From findiviglio Nov 18 2015 10:33PM