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Glass Lizard, any of a genus
of lizards named for the hard, highly polished scales that ring the legless
body. They are frequently mistaken for snakes; however, unlike snakes,
they have movable eyelids and external ear openings. Glass lizards are
found in Eurasia and the Americas. Color varies with species. Glass lizards
feed mainly on insects. They have a fragile tail that is longer than the
body and breaks off easily to distract predators. The tail later grows
Glass lizards make up the genus Ophisaurus of the family Anguidae.
Even though it is legless,
the glass lizard is not a snake, but a lizard. In true lizard fashion,
it will lose its long tail when it is tugged, but unlike other lizards,
its tail literally shatters into pieces. Each tail piece wriggles
to wholly confuse and distract an attacker. A new tail of different
colors and patterns quickly regenerates. There are about a dozen species
of glass lizard in the world.