The Scheltopusik

The European legless lizard or glass lizard, Scheltopusik is a remarkable creature which is very tolerant of human attention. Legless lizards may often form a part of public shows & educational displays. They are unsuited to handling by young children.

These lizards are found in Southern Eastern Europe through to Central Asia.  The name comes from Russia which translates as ‘yellow belly’.  Like some other lizards and the slow worm, The Scheltopusik can display caudal autotomy which results in it being able to detach its tail.  However, due to its size it is far more likely to resort to other defensive measures first. Because of this trait it is also known as the ‘glass lizard’ suggesting a fragility which is inaccurate. In the wild they may predate on smaller animals as well as insects and molluscs.