The sheltopusik is also known as the European glass lizard because its tail breaks off, appearing to shatter like glass. Even though it appears to be a snake, the Scheltopusik is a lizard.  it has ear openings and eye lids which are absent in snakes.

Fast Facts

  • The word “scheltopusik” is Slavic, from the Russian word for “yellow belly."
  • The Scheltopusik is not completely legless, it has tiny, rudimentary rear limbs.
  • It is the largest legless lizard and can reach a length of about 4 feet.

Scientific name

Pseudopus apodus
Range  Europe and Asia
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium

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