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Image of a six-lined racerunner lizard

Six-Lined Racerunner

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus
The six-lined racerunner is a fast, alert ground dweller that don’t usually climb trees. Also called “field-streaks” and “sand lappers,” racerunners are close kin to the whiptail lizards you might know from the western United States.

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Snakes and Lizards Holding Their Own

Jeff Briggler, our herpetologist, stopped by the other day to mention the upcoming Year of the Frog.

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photo of juvenile southern coal skink

Southern Coal Skink

Plestiodon anthracinus pluvialis
Few people know about this secretive lizard. It has a wide, coal-black line along its sides. During the breeding season males have an orange head.

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photo of juvenile southern coal skink

Southern Coal Skink (Juvenile)

Juvenile southern coal skinks are black with faint lines running down the back and sides. They are about 2 inches long when they first hatch.

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Texas Horned Lizard

Phrynosoma cornutum
The Texas horned lizard is rare in Missouri but once lived in several southwestern counties. Its name comes from the large, hornlike scales along the back of the head.

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The Lizards of Missouri

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We have nothing to fear from Missouri's 13 species of lizards

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Western Slender Glass Lizard

Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus
The western slender glass lizard is often called “glass snake” because it is long, slender, and legless, and its tail breaks off easily. However, glass lizards are true lizards, with eyelids and ear openings; snakes have neither of these characteristics.

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