Slender Glass Lizard -Ophisaurus attenuatus


*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

Other Common Names:

Subspecies: The Western Slender Glass Lizard, Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus, occurs within the western half of the state, whereas the Eastern Slender Glass Lizard, Ophisaurus attenuatus longicaudus, occurs within the Florida Parishes and southeast part of the state.


Similar Species:

Species Range:

Louisiana Range:Statewide, except from the Mississippi floodplain, but records lack from north-central Louisiana and the western Florida Parishes. Generally absent from the marsh but can be found in sandy, coastal habitats in southwest Louisiana.


Natural History:

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Global Conservation Status: Slender Glass Lizards are listed as Least Concern by theIUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status: None

Louisiana Conservation Status: Slender Glass Lizardshave a ranking of S3 (rare and local throughout the state – 21-100 known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I have never found this species in the wild anywhere in its range.

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