A Lizard With No Legs

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by Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D., Our Mississippi Home

Most of us tolerate the sight of a lizard to a snake. Yet, some of my friends will argue that point. But the swift movements of lizards on four legs is easy enough to note when they show themselves. Snakes are a different issue for most, and I have a few friends that seem to be able to move faster and jump higher when they see them. Alas, there is a creature that may make them jump at first but is a lizard, in disguise.

Like snakes, Glass Lizards evolved to forsake legs as a means of getting around. These animals are more at home in burrows in the ground rather than in the open like many of their relatives. Also known as Legless Lizards, these creatures certainly look like snakes at first glance, but are more like their legged cousins compared to snakes.

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