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Posted by 59herps on December 29, 2002 at 15:02:21:
In Reply to: Is this it? posted by 59herps on December 29, 2002 at 14:48:25:
This is commonly seen as legless lizards go and is called Ophisaurus ventralis. They live in the deep south (i.e. South East Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Easten parts of North Carolina, and Florida. In nature they live in damp grassy areas or open wooded habitatss often near streams. They are very active and they have the ability and often do drop their tail. They also get atleast 18 inches long, and up to 42 inches. This species colors also very from animal to animal and adults and sometimes babies have a green coloration.
:This is a glass lizard/legless lizard (Anniella pulchra pulchra
:). What you described is definately a glass lizrad. Also for this species it is required by law to have a fish and game license to own at the maximum two. They have I think a protected status in california where they are native too. They are very easy to keep, I had one for two years before I let it go. They naturally live in sand dunes.
:::I purchased a "legless skink" at my local pet store. (I was in the market for a new lizard...I explained the set up I had and she helped my find a suitable species). She gave me a care guide on it (which later turned out to be a care sheet for a glass lizzard....this is NOT a glass lizard), and told me how they have cared for it for the last 4 months. (he seemed very healthy). Well now that I am home I am not sure what he is....I can't find out anything about legless skinks (like their care, where they come from, or even a picture to possitivly id this critter)
:::About 7" long
:::Color: Olive green dorsally, Yellow ventrally.
:::Description: NO limbs, however, a vestigial girdle can be felt. Short tail, bulky body... very small eyes (with eyelids), no visible ear hole, although a slight indent is seen. His head is a very light shade of yellow.
:::Behavior: He eats mealworms (the people from the pet store fed him small crickets and dog food--from a spoon). He burrows but is curious and somewhat active.
:::MY current set up:
:::20 gallon long (with screen top and flourecent light set up)
:::Undertank heater on 1/2 (temp around 80)
:::about 4" Jungle mix (like a moist potting soil)
:::misting bottle (they told me that they mist him 2 daily)
:::He seems happy (he has eaten and explored both the cool side and the hot side). I am confused. I dont think the pet store did anything wrong on purpose...they have always been knowledgable in the past...I think this one has just slipped their radar. :-)