Ophisaurus ventralis, 01 October 2012

Ophisaurus ventralis, the Eastern glass lizard;
Lowndes county, Georgia (01 October 2012).

It’s not quite what I’d call the “stink eye,” but it’s about as close as a lizard can get to giving me the stink eye. Heh. Honestly, I adore the Eastern glass lizard. One of our moderately sized so-called “legless” lizard species, O. ventralis is often confused as being a snake due to its, you know, legless physique. Look closer, however, and you’ll notice the creature has very functional eyelids. If you ever get a chance to hold one, you’ll also find that their body is far more rigid than their serpentine relatives. I’m always delighted to come across one of these fantastic lizards.

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