Legless (Glass) Lizard

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • SubOrder: Sauria
  • InfraOrder: Anguimorpha
  • Family: Anguidae
  • Conservation status: Not Evaluated
  • Length: 60cm - 121cm (2ft - 4ft)
  • Weight: 300g - 600g (11oz - 21oz)
  • Food: Carnivore
  • Speed: 10km/h (6mph)
  • Prey: Insects, Snails, Spiders
  • Predators: Birds, Mammals, Snakes
  • Sexual Maturity: 2 - 3 years of age
  • Incubation: 6 weeks - 2 months
  • Lifespan: 17 - 18 years (20+ in captivity)
  • Litter size: 6 - 12 eggs
  • Other names: The sheltopusik, Pallas' glass lizard, European legless lizard, Pseudopus apodus
  • Distinctive Feature: Forked tongue, no legs and detachable tail
sheltopusik animal

The legless lizards are part of the Anguidae family, a family of about 80 species, which is largely limited in America.

The European-made Lizard is called the glass-lined ladder and is found in Europe and central Asia.

It is found on rocky hills, stone walls, embankments, etc. They are diamonds and often active after the rain.

Food Legless Lizard

It's active day and hunting exclusively on the ground. Equipped with strong jaws, it hunts the favorite snail without shell.

In wet regions, molluscs are the most important food of the legless lizard, and in the dry regions of snails.

Play an important environmental role. It is a natural treasure recognized by the population of the Crimean peninsula.

It feeds on destructive insects in corn crops.

Unfortunately, in most countries, legless lizards are confused with snakes and killed year after year.

Features Legless Lizard

The European-sized ladder is the largest of its family, its average length (including the tail) being 2-3m.

He lives over 50 years in captivity.

There are stories telling that if shaking will break into pieces, which is not exactly true.

Reproduction Legless Lizard

It reaches sexual maturity at 2-3 years. Approximately 50% of the species lay eggs, the rest multiply giving birth to live chickens. The breeding season begins late spring.

Females deposit 6 to 10 eggs with soft peel that they keep for the entire incubation period. Chickens after 6 weeks are 3-6 cm long. After the baby was born, he left leaving the little ones to hunt for themselves.

Did you know that:

She is often confused with the snake

People appreciate it because it feeds on insects in their crops

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