Missouri is home to 13 kinds of lizards, all of which are harmless and non-venomous. Learn where Missouri's lizards live, what they eat, what eats them, and how you can make room for them on your land.
A tan or light brown lizard with most of the scales edged in black, making it look speckled. These markings may form irregular lines along the back and sides. In Missouri, found only in our far western and southwestern counties.
Aptly named, these ground-dwellers have dark brown or black stripes and speckling along their sides. Hiking along a forest trail, you may hear these small lizards scurrying through dead leaves, but you seldom see them.
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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