Eastern Glass Lizard

The glass lizard is so known because of the defense mechanism it uses to fool predators. When the lizard is threatened part of its tail can easily break off. Muscle contractions cause the "shattered" tail to wiggle and distract the predator while the lizard escapes.

The female lays her eggs in June or July and coils around them until they hatch.

North America

At A Glance


Pine flatwoods, wet meadows


Insects and other invertebrates, small reptiles, mice


Southeastern US