Legless Lizards as Pets

Legless Lizards sometimes appeal to reptile fans who desire a “more responsive” snake (snake enthusiasts, of course, will argue the “more-responsive” designation!). Also known as “Glass Lizards”, all readily shed their tails when disturbed, and their “stiff”, smooth bodies make handling a risky prospect.


The North American species are small, burrowing creatures that are rarely kept as pets. The European Legless Lizard or Sheltopusik, on the other hand, is hardy, very bold, and has lived to age 50+ in captivity.

Range and Habitat

Burton’s Legless Lizards are common all over Australia and New Guinea. Their habitats include dry forests, desert sand flats and ridges, as well as woodlands and rain forest periphery.

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.

Legless Lizard Appearance and Temperament

Lizards resemble snakes, however, unlike snakes, they have moveable eyes and external ears. Also, the Legless Lizard's jaws are not as flexible as the snake’s.

Legless Lizards are egg-layers.