European Glass Lizard

ZOO LOCATION: Scutes Family Gallery

Lifespan: Up to 30 years

Diet: Snails, slugs, insects, small mammals and bird eggs

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

European glass lizards were given their name because of their ability to "Shatter" their tail into several fragments when in danger. They may look like snakes, but they are true legless lizards due to their movable eyelids and the ability to regenerate their tail. Found throughout Europe and Asia, these powerful carnivores will hunt small mammals and forage for bird eggs in addition to their own mane diet. They can reach lengths of three feet long.