|Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the ACE Basin|
characteristics of Anguidae: Most members of this family do not have legs
and are sometimes mistaken for snakes. However, these lizards have moveable
eyelids and external ear openings both of which are lacking in snakes.
Species range from <10cm to more than 1.3m in length. Their tails come
off easily when bothered. Glass Lizards spend most their live burrowed
in the ground.
Literature: Good, D. A. 1987. An allozyme analysis of anguid subfamilial relationships (Lacertilia: Anguidae), Copeia 696-701.
Species in brown font were observed in the ACE Basin during a herpetofauna survey in 2002- species in red font are presumed to occur there based on their overall range!
|Common Names||Scientific Names|
|Slender Glass Lizard||Ophisaurus attenuatus|
|Island Glass Lizard ++||Ophisaurus compressus|
|Mimic Glass Lizard ++||Ophisaurus mimicus|
|Eastern Glass Lizard||Ophisaurus ventralis|
++ = of concern in SC