Western Slender Glass Lizard

July 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of young girls and a dog had this Western Slender Glass Lizard spotted on the Sandtown Trail located at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. When I walked up on them, I saw that they were excited about something on the asphalt trail. They asked me if I knew what this Western Slender Glass Lizard was and at the time I had no idea. I waited for the girls to continue on the trail and then I took a few photos before it went into the tall weeds. When I got home, I did some research and discover what this lizard was. I read that they are common in this area, but this was the first time for me to see one in all the years I have been hiking outdoors.

Note: This took place back in 2010 and I have not seen one since.

 

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Western Slender Glass Lizard Facts

  • Two subspecies are recognized: The Western and Eastern Slender Glass Lizard
  • Unlike snakes, they have eyelids and ears.
  • They can attain a total length (including tail) of up to 40 inches.
  • Slender glass lizards are diurnal, so they are quite often seen, but they can move fast (with a serpentine movement like that of a snake).
  • If captured, a specimen may thrash vigorously, causing part of the tail to fall off in one or more pieces.
  • While a potential predator is distracted by the wiggling tail, the lizard quickly escapes.
  • They sleep in burrows borrowed from other animals, and in the northern reaches of their range, slender glass lizards will use those burrows to hibernate through the winter.
  • They eat a range of insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets and beetles, and will also consume spiders, small mice, snails, and the eggs of other reptiles and ground-nesting birds.
  • Unlike snakes, glass lizards do not have flexible jaws, and this limits the size of prey items they can consume. (Source: Wikipedia)

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