Eastern Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)

A legless lizard often mistaken for a snake. This guy (or gal) is in the process of regenerating its broken tail. I wonder if it is the one that left a writhing tail for me when a hawk tried to snare one. I’m sure it isn’t since this one was rather tiny compared to the ones I’ve encountered in the past. Based on range map, It could be O. ventralis, Ophisaurus compressus or O. attenuatus. Based on habitat is it likely Eastern Glass Lizard (O. ventralis). The other two species apparently prefer drier habitats than that found at my place.

Learn: http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/ophven.htm

Diet: “eat a wide variety of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates as well as small reptiles and probably young rodents” (source: University of Georgia)

Feed on a variety of insects, snails, bird eggs, and small reptiles (source: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/fact_sheet_animal/32242-Ophisaurus%20ventralis/ophisaurus_ventralis.pdf)

My take: Wildlife Deception as a Defense

http://web.archive.org/web/20140818203925/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/wildlife-deception-as-a-defense.html

video of a headless tail moving: https://youtu.be/pYGX7REMC3w

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must have broken off the tail at some point.  It is regenerating.

must have broken off the tail at some point. It is regenerating.

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