Tennessee’s Slender Glass Snake

Only a lucky few will see one of these rare creatures within our beautiful state— and most will mistake them for snakes! Slender glass lizards are endangered within the state of Tennessee due to human disturbance of their habitat and the introduction of unnatural predators like outdoor cats. They usually live in open grasslands and dry forests and sometimes make their homes in the abandoned burrows of other species. Although slender glass lizards look a bit like snakes at first glance, they’re distinguished by the presence of ear holes, differences in behavior, and distinct vertical stripes.

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