Glass Lizard

Ophisaurus apodus

Scientific Name

Glass Lizard:  
Ophisaurus apodus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The European glass lizard (also known as sheltopusik) can be located throughout parts of Southeastern Europe to Southwestern Asia.

Natural Habitat

The European glass lizard can be found burrowing themselves underground usually in that of rocky hillsides in fairly arid and dry regions.

Physical Characteristics

  • Primarily tan in color, this limbless lizard resembling that of a giant earth worm can reach up to 52 inches in length.

Quick Facts

  1. Interestingly, 50% of European glass lizards will lay eggs while the other half will give birth to live babies.


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Not Evaluated:The Glass Lizard has not yet been evaluated against the criteria.

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Depending on where they reside, the European Glass lizard consumes snails and slugs but can be found preying on insects and small mammals in other areas.