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leonardml
Orange Park, FL

September 6, 2009
10:00 PM

Post #7033547

he was in my backyard; I've never seen a snake like this before. He was approx 12in long and 5/8in wide. He never opened his mouth so I couldn't tell the shape of his tongue. He has the face of a lizard and body of a snake. He moved like a snake, but seemed heavy and awkward at the effort. He was completely unfazed by my taking his picture and didn't move until I touched his tail.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


September 7, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #7034355

That actually looks like a legless lizard (notice the eyelids... snakes don't have those)
Whitepointer19
Elizabeth, IN

March 1, 2010
1:50 AM

Post #7595725

Palmbob is absolutly correct.Thats an Eastern Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis). Up to 42" long.Found from Louisiana to North Carolina. One of Four local species of Glass or Legless Lizards. Harmless and fun to play with, but if harrassed will sometimes shed their tail tip, doesn't hurt them as it will regrow with time.

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