Monday, May 7, 2012

Animal Spotlight: Eastern glass lizard

Today's Animal Spotlight is the Eastern glass lizard.

The Eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis) is a legless lizard often mistaken for a snake. The difference between a legless lizard and a snake is that the lizard has ear openings and eyelids, unlike snakes. They are usually 18-24 inches long with 2/3 of that being their tail. The Eastern glass lizards is very common in the Southeastern Coastal Plains and can live up to 15 years in captivity.

Our Eastern glass lizard can be found in the Box Turtle Exhibit located in the Cape Fear Conservatory.