Glass Lizard facts: lizards without legs | Animal Fact Files

Glass lizards are named so because they can be quite fragile. A glass lizard will drop its tail in self defense and may do this without the tail even being touched! When they tail breaks, it may sometimes do so in pieces, which has led to the myth that these lizards can piece their tails back together again - though this isn't true. Instead, glass lizards grow a new tail that looks different than before. This has led to another common name for these animals: the horned snake. The snake part comes in because glass lizards are legless lizards! They have vestigial limbs or no limbs at all! Glass lizards are also known as glass snakes, but they aren't snakes - they're not even venomous! Give our video a watch to see how you can spot the differences! Scientific Name: Glass lizards are classified in the family Anguidae and their genera include: Dopasia, Hyalosaurus, Ophisaurus, and Pseudopus Range: Northern Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas Size: may be longer than 4 feet (1.22m) in largest species but on average about half this length Diet: insects, spiders, slugs, snails, worms, small mammals Lifespan: up to 20 years You can learn more on: Twitter - Facebook - --- We always do what we can to be as accurate as possible, but we're only human; if you catch a mistake please let us know and provide a link for verification! --- All images, videos and sound effects used herein are 1) public domain, 2) used under a Creative Commons license, 3) used with the express permission of the copyright holder, or 4) used under the parameters of Fair Use law. Credits via Youtube: Andreas Kay - Albanian Herper -; Julio Maciel - Bee Royal - Credits via Flickr: Peter Paplanus -;; smashtonlee05 - Hunter Desportes - Maximilian Paradiz - Everglades National Park - Nick Varvel - pondhawk -; Chris Barnes - Morteza Johari - Credits via Wiki Users: Nesnad - Other attributions: sirmark - Luiz Puodziuz -; Tobias Schonberg -; Rachel Whitt - Websites used for research collection: This video is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license (*. *you can find information about all the different types of CC licenses here: **changes were made to the original Transcript: alugha Click here to see more videos:

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