European Glass Lizard (Sheltopusik)

Pseudopus apodus

Scientific Name

European Glass Lizard (Sheltopusik):  
Pseudopus 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. Females will often coil around her eggs after laying them to guard them.


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Not Evaluated:The European Glass Lizard (Sheltopusik) 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.