The Stratchan Carriage House - St. Simons Island, GA

A Snake? No it’s a legless lizard

On a bright sunny day at Strachan Carriage House you might see green anoles basking on the sidewalk or scampering into the grass, or a snail inching on the pool deck. The green tree frogs hide in the mailbox or snuggle on the pole under the pool umbrellas. If you are very lucky, you may see “A Snake??” No, it is a rare eastern glass lizard — looks like a snake about 8 inches long, black stripe on top, and NO LEGS. Be kind to all our critters. They like to dine on the bugs and mosquitoes that might otherwise pester you.  

The eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis) is a species of legless lizard in the family Anguidae and the longest and heaviest species of glass lizards in the genus Ophisaurus,[5] endemic to the Southeastern United States. The streamlined, legless species is often confused with snakes. Glass lizards differ from snakes as they possess a moveable eyelid and an external ear opening, both of which are absent in snakes. Snakes also have flexible jaws while lizards do not.[5] Ventralis comes from the Latin “venter” meaning belly; this is in reference to the snake-like movement. [6] Eastern glass lizards are a common species near wetlands and moist soils.[11]  [12]They have also been found in tidal areas such as coastal dunes because they are resistant to salty conditions.[13] Eastern glass lizards are most active during the day and can be found foraging in open habitats but also like to take refuge beneath debris.[1 (Wikipedia)