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.