A Snake. Or Is It?

Once again, I was called upon by my family to…

“QUICK!  GET THE CAMERA!”

So I obeyed, grabbed the camera, and ran out the back door.

Sir Husband was holding a green snake.  I’m thinking, you screamed at me to take a picture of yet another garter snake.  How many photos do we need of the garter snake living somewhere around our home?

Upon closer look I discovered it was, ok…Sir Son had to tell me it was not a snake.  It was a Glass Lizard.

Also called a Glass Snake or Legless Lizard.  They are very common here in Florida.  They grow 2 to 3 feet long, but 2/3 is the tail. Like most lizards the tail will break easily away from the body, if provoked.  The tail then wiggles to attract the predator while the lizard escapes.  Don’t you wish your excess baggage would just break off?

What makes this a lizard and not a snake is the eyes have eyelids and it has ear openings.  It also has a wide tongue and feeds on insects, slugs, and worms.  Mm Mm good!

Classified under the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Anguidae.

Just so you can compare a Glass Lizard to a snake, here is a picture of a Garter Snake.

The Garter Snake likes to eat toads.

Classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata,class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Colubridae.

Now you know the difference between a snake and a Glass Lizard.  🙂  Go out in God’s creation, find a snake, photograph it, identify it, and report back to me.

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20 responses to “A Snake. Or Is It?

  1. “Now you know the difference between a snake and a Glass Lizard. 🙂 Go out in God’s creation, find a snake, photograph it, identify it, and report back to me.”

    No, Thank you! I’ll just look at your pics. =)

  2. Well I learned something new today ~ I’ve never heard of a Glass Lizard. As soon as it warms up we’ll go out looking for some snakes! : )

  3. On the surface you appear all mild mannered with your crochet and cooking, but I stick around for a few posts and all of a sudden you are killing chickens and chasing down snakes. What happened?

    Don’t chase down snakes, chase down yarn! LOL

    You are a brave soul, I am running AWAY from a snake if I see one.

  4. I have heard tales of these legless lizards. You took a great picture!

  5. Applie, I swear I didn’t know that when I read your blog I was going to be educated, lol! The next time I come across my resident garter snake (who I swear grew by about a foot somehow over the winter) I will take a picture of him. JUST FOR YOU.

  6. I cannot complete your assignment, not that I would really do, as there are no snakes in the wilds of Alaska.

    I will attempt to keep my camera with me more often and take care of the wildlife around me and then identify them for you.

  7. I saw one of those Glass Lizards at my old home in Florida. I freaked me out. I thought it was a snake at first too.

    Sorry, my friend, but I will not be taking any pictures of my Garter Snakes for you. I move in the opposite direction of snakes. I have seen enough snakes to last me the rest of my life. 🙂

  8. Cade just got bit by a glass snake (lizard). Seriously! He was obviously under the care of his father who thought it would be fun to pick one up and then let him hold it. Now he has bite marks from this pleasant reptile.

  9. He is fine. I took a picture like you suggested. I will upload to FB tonight, so you can see it. Dad is never getting out of the dog house. Never! 🙂

  10. We found one of these in our yard today. Very helpful photos. Now we can point to it and say, “Glass lizard!”

  11. I’ve been trying to figure out what these things are, and stumbled upon your picture and blog. Thanks a heap!

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