Western Slender Glass Lizard
This is Missouri’s longest species of lizard. It is often called a glass “snake” because it is long, slender, and legless. However, these are true lizards, with eyelids and an ear opening on either side of the head; snakes have neither of these characteristics. Nearly two-thirds of the lizard is tail, and a large part of it can break off if grabbed by a predator (or a person). Glass lizards are tan or brown with black stripes.