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Glass Lizards
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Glass Lizard

Glass Lizard, any of a genus of lizards named for the hard, highly polished scales that ring the legless body. They are frequently mistaken for snakes; however, unlike snakes, they have movable eyelids and external ear openings. Glass lizards are found in Eurasia and the Americas. Color varies with species. Glass lizards feed mainly on insects. They have a fragile tail that is longer than the body and breaks off easily to distract predators. The tail later grows back.

Scientific classification: Glass lizards make up the genus Ophisaurus of the family Anguidae.



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Even though it is legless, the glass lizard is not a snake, but a lizard. In true lizard fashion, it will lose its long tail when it is tugged, but unlike other lizards, its tail literally shatters into pieces.  Each tail piece wriggles to wholly confuse and distract an attacker.  A new tail of different colors and patterns quickly regenerates. There are about a dozen species of glass lizard in the world.
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