Photo category:
Shrubland of the Balkans
Vertebrates specimen collection
Natural History Museum of Crete exhibition

  • Photo taken by:
    Trikali, M.
  • Photo taken date:
    March 2013
Glass lizard
Scaled Reptiles
Shrubland of the Balkans diorama

Photo of Glass lizard, Pseudopus apodus. It is a robust legless lizard reaching 1.4 m in length. As suggested by its name, it is indeed a lizard species but its limbs are entirely reduced. It is very common in bushy areas, where it hunts insects, snails and small mammals. It lives throughout the Balkans and the Middle East. If carefully observed, it can be easily distinguished from a snake by its ears and eye lids. It consumes various invertebrates and small mammals.