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RE: Snake in southern china(repost)

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Posted by: McKenzieS at Mon Aug 31 14:26:37 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by McKenzieS ]  
   

This is not a snake at all, actually. It is a legless lizard, in the genus Ophisaurus, possibly O.harti, which is found in China. These lizards are often called "glass lizards" because of their shiny appearance and their extra-long tails, which are designed to break off very easily if the lizard is attacked, allowing the lizard to crawl away while a predator is occupied by the still-twitching severed tail. The lizard can regenerate its tail afterward. The scales are one clue that it's not a snake, along with the presence of its eye lids and ear openings, which no snake has.


   

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