Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus
English : Slender glass lizard
French : Orvet des prairies
Class : Reptilia
Order : Squamata
Family : Anguidae
Notes : 1 other subspecies known.
This species reaches up to 100 cm in total length. Slender body, completely legless. Eyelids and ear cavities are present. Coloration is dull beige with longitudinal black lines. Cream belly, small clear spots on sides of head and flanks.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in most of the Eastern parts of USA, from Virginia to Florida, west to Texas and Wisconsin. Subspecies found west of Mississippi river. Lives in grasslands and dry to semi-dry open woodlands.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species has a large range and might have declined in some areas because of loss of habitat converted into agricultural land. Otherwise, stable.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known