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Eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)

Eastern Glass Lizard

The Eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis) is at the northern part of its range at Back Bay. This legless lizard, which can grow to 42 inches, resembles a snake but is quite harmless. Its back is grayish-brown, with dark stripes along the sides. Most adults become greenish. The snake is at home in the park’s maritime live-oak woodlands. Live oaks, like the glass lizard, are common farther south, but are rare in Virginia.


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