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European Glass Lizard Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Ophisaurus apodus
  • Class

    Reptiles
  • Order

    Sauria
  • Range

    They are found from southern Europe to central Asia.

  • Habitat

    The European glass lizard prefer open grasslands and wooded hills. They sleep in other animals' burrows, sometimes using these burrows to hibernate over winter.

  • Niche

    The European glass lizard consumes small mammals, spiders and centipedes, preferring snails and slugs best of all.

  • Life History

    As many as a dozen eggs are hidden under bark or stones and guarded by the female. After 50 days, offspring hatch. Young are sexually mature by 3 years of age.

  • Special Adaptations

    • The European glass lizard can drop its tail when attacked. This ability, in addition to its creamy appearance, lend this species its nickname.
    • The species can evade quickly when threatened, with movement similar to that of snakes.

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