3 Cool Facts about Legless Lizards | Pet Reptiles

3 Cool Facts about Legless Lizards | Pet Reptiles

One of the most unusual reptiles for sure
is the Legless lizard. Hello. This is a Russian variety. We see these in the United States too, down
south in Florida they call them Glass lizards, very similar, because they have a couple of
unique characteristics. First thing is, anybody seeing this for the
first time says, “Jungle Bob, that’s not a lizard, that’s a snake, because it’s got no
arms and legs.” Well, if I’m a scientist and I didn’t make
this up, but scientist classifies snakes as animals that do not have any arms or legs,
of course, but snakes also can not have ears or an eyelid that they can shut. So, they give that designation to lizards. If an animal or reptiles, a cold blooded,
scaly animal, has no arms and legs, does not mean it’s a snake. But if it has an ear opening, and if it has
the ability to close its eyes, it is a lizard. One or the other would make him a lizard. Now if you look really close at this animal,
he’s got about an inch behind his eye, he’s got a true ear opening. So, this is a lizard, not a snake. And then if it’s nighttime, of if I can touch
his eyes, he would close his eyes, just like you and I do, whereas snakes can never do
that. So, an animal that has, a reptile that has
an ear opening and/or an eyelid, has to be classified as a lizard, not a snake, and that’s
what we have here. This little guy is from the Ukraine area of
Russia. Over there they call him the Scheltopusik,
I don’t know why but that’s his name in Russian. Here we call him the Legless lizard, and down
in Florida there’s another species called the Glass lizard. They’re called Glass lizards because of their
ability to do that trick called autotonomy, where they will just snap off their tail at
a moment’s notice. If something was to grab them by the tail,
he would leave it behind that I’m trying very hard for that not to happen. The anal opening of all reptiles, and birds
actually, is called the cloaca, and on this particular animal, right where my finger is,
is where his opening is. So, from that point down, all the way down,
is his tail. That’s all tail, that’s the end of his body,
way up top there. So, that whole thing would snap off, which
would be a shame; we don’t want for that to happen. You see the way he moved his body when he
wanted to move, lizards do that type of a roll. Snakes don’t usually try to get away from
somebody holding them by rotating their body, lizards do that, alligators do that, but he’s
got that in his DNA, to roll over like that. So, most people conject that these animals
at one point had arms and legs. We know from scientific and fossil records
that snakes descended from lizards, no question about it, and this is an animal I think is
kind of an in-betweener. So, he’s a great animal to talk about when
we’re doing educational shows, to talk about the Russian legless lizard. He’s a ferocious carnivore. He devours mice, but he can’t grab them with
his legs and arms; he kind of just swallows them. He doesn’t have the same kind of body strength
to wrap up a prey item like a snake would, but he kind of walks over it. So, one of the most unusual animals we can
see in the reptile world, the legless lizard from Russia. He can open his mouth there, and he didn’t
bite me, so this is a good episode.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “3 Cool Facts about Legless Lizards | Pet Reptiles

  1. riggis mafom says:

    Do they bite?

  2. jd jade says:

    last line made me laugh

  3. Bryson Kanoa Cabudol says:

    i saw it too lol

  4. Bryson Kanoa Cabudol says:

    he always does that in like every vid

  5. Katie Dunwell says:

    the lizard in the back tho

  6. Bobby Little says:

    you learn something every day 😕

  7. Erick Rodriguez says:

    favorite part of the video 3:11

  8. Xecnalxes says:

    I'm a tailess mermaid.

  9. andreisabe says:

    I don't get why people are so disgusted by reptiles. They're so interesting and amazing.

  10. wrong meme says:

    that's a snake

  11. Marquis Steward says:

    Legless lizard…. So a snake?

  12. I'm the Jumpmaster. says:

    you touched his anus… how would you feel if a person shoved his index finger inside your a$$ during a presentation??? XD bit for real, this was cool.

  13. Garret Phegley says:

    Ukraine region of Russia : | really

  14. Alex Esskew says:

    ok this dude sucks at handling animals, i have seen about 4 videos with this guy in it. And he constantly keeps dropping the animals

  15. Savannah Vihlidal says:

    0:41 HAIIII

  16. Rajat D says:

    is that creature poisonous??

  17. VerisonMember says:

    I feel like there were a lot more than 3 facts here… I guess I can't be mad though.

  18. Ark Studios says:

    0:40 lizard in the background: time to get out of joint… might take a while

  19. YOUngSImbQ none says:

    Yoooo the reaction at 2:02 had me soooo weak when he touched his "opening"

  20. Kóta says:

    Both this lizard and the one in the background are such cuties!

  21. The Randomised says:

    Spider lizard, spider lizard, does whatever a spider lizard can 0:41

  22. sadnax Spi says:

    0:40 look at the lizard

  23. Camelia Sanches says:

    that lizard in the backgroung aoway doing crazy **

  24. José Pedro Gomes says:

    I bet everyone noticed the lizard in the background and is going to make a joke about that!

  25. Justalucario says:

    In German they are called "Blindschleiche" literally translated as "blind sneaker"

  26. fiftyhunnug says:

    Live in FL. We found one under our trash can once. Glass lizards are really cool

  27. PraiseTheCrab says:


  28. Tarkus says:

    2:01 "wtf man, get away from myanus!"

  29. VBRoccoVids says:

    He just a handicapped long lizard


    0:41 DANCE TIME insert your favourite song here

  31. Trash King the Mighty Ruler of Garbage Town says:

    we have legless lizards in Finland and weirdly I've seen more of them in the wild than I've seen snakes… everyone else I know have only seen one legless lizard if even that and then a dozen snakes. imo, at least that lizard doesn't like being a pet

  32. Tjthegamelover says:

    It looks like a skink

  33. Archie Hickford says:

    boneless lizard

  34. The Nameless One says:

    That lizard in the background is always trying to escape.

  35. Ghostly Yoshi says:

    I couldn't keep my eyes off the lizard in the backround trying to climb up the enclosure.

  36. Redicate says:

    What if at the end of the video he started whipping the lizard around and slamming it on the table

  37. Ongo Gablogian says:

    We have them here in the UK; they're called slow worms.

    My cat caught one and gave it to me as a present.

  38. HSA says:

    thats a snake

  39. Violet Rain says:

    Thank you so much

  40. Reiley360 says:

    0:40 in the background: hey look what I can do!😂

  41. ding_y says:

    Oh, I just call em sausage lizards.

  42. 21whichiswhich says:

    The reptile in the background keep failing to climb! Lol

  43. RaZvaNn Ionescu says:

    0:45 'lizard': GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!

  44. DeadYetVampire Dead says:

    I got distracted by that lizard trying to climb, when the camera started the face cam.

  45. Duncan's Pythons says:

    Where would I be able to get one of these??

  46. aria says:

    That lizard is not happy to be there.

  47. Michael Patrick says:

    I feel sorry for this little lizard. 🙁

  48. Emma says:

    give him back his legs

  49. Optimum Energy says:

    They don't like him do.they? 🙁
    Some animals seem more comfortable with other people.than others.

  50. Daniel DeVito says:

    Thanks to YouTube I literally learn something new every single day… Seriously, there isn't a day goes by where I don't find out something new and it's all thanks to YouTube…

  51. Khaos Frog says:

    I believe you when you say it's lizard, and not a snake. But in Florida, we call them 'Glass Snakes', not 'Glass Lizards'.

  52. Tangent Topic says:

    Don't scare him he's going to shatter?!

  53. D Bag says:

    Is the glass lizard from the family of Satan?

  54. Silent Gamer says:

    The Ukraine area of Russia

  55. Leah Janulgue says:

    lol the lizard at the back is so funny..

  56. LeonSnake says:

    Oh yes please

  57. Angie Kharpuri says:

    3:03 he gave up

  58. ShayminFlyii6 says:

    You just see a lizard trying to swim on glass
    Me: oh look it's trying to swm!!🤣🤣
    In the background

  59. D1MO ABZ says:

    I have a rare version of a two headed dog with only one head

  60. blue frost says:


  61. Ryan Aiton says:

    They're in sc too

  62. Nicholas Coppo says:

    0:43 the lizard looks
    Like me when I am dancing

  63. Socially Undead says:

    Does it have a good temperment like a bearded dragon??

  64. Jake Carey says:

    I saw one in petco before they are like snakes pretty much

  65. Teddy Bee says:

    The lizard dancing in the background

  66. shook tea says:

    What was that lizard doing in the background🤔

  67. Woody Wood. says:

    Is it venomous?

  68. My Art Page says:

    Wiggly boi

  69. Chloe Potato says:

    That lizard in the background at 0:41 XD

  70. Error 404 says:

    Saw a legless lizard very close to where i live c:

  71. LORDZINGIS 6 says:

    Can this b crossed with a snake ?

  72. Mr.DankeyClod _ says:

    That's a cool pokeeman

  73. Pula Negro says:


  74. Fuck you I’m eating says:

    He sure fights like a lizard

  75. j A says:

    A really Pegasus

  76. Pure Gore says:

    That’s a weird looking banana

  77. Taylor Gibson says:

    What about things like fangs and venom? I'm assuming Legless lizards never have those either. They probably have rows of teeth like most lizards.

  78. Burger Hobo says:

    I want to cut it's head off with a cleaver

  79. Leo Reina says:

    Shouldn't he then be called the "Leggless And Armless" Lizard??? 💪

  80. Nadz says:

    That lizard just wants to go back to bed

  81. fallen angel says:

    Will it bite

  82. sameer kujur says:

    That lizard in the background. Trying so hard to get in the camera.

  83. Matīss Pauls Cakuls says:


  84. AliTheGamer says:


  85. Marshalandme says:

    0:41 ummm lemme out pls

  86. unwrapping by mimi koteng says:

    Snap the body!

  87. Elzje van Rooyen says:

    we also see them in South Africa

  88. Ryan James says:

    There are plenty of warm blooded lizards too though. For some reason, people jump to the conclusion that all lizards are cold blooded.

  89. Murf 17 Productions. says:

    I call them wyrms after the dragon species

  90. Ashley The Fox 1987 Nichole. says:

    So, how many people get this creature mixed up with Snakes? About 100 people get that mixed up! Every time Ashley hears some one say they’re the same thing she would say “ They’re not the same, Snakes don’t have eyelids or legs or arms and they don’t blink. How could you get that mixed up?” “Well, I think I just mad my point.” Heads to other side of Reptile Store “Mom! Come look at this lizard!” Basically every time we go to a Reptile Store she has to look at every Reptile there. 💕❤️😘😍😂

  91. Muhib Mohammed says:

    The lizard in the background is like I want to come in the video lol

  92. Kyle Muncal says:

    They’re lizards that are evolving to snakes.

  93. Paige Pappas Bednarsky says:

    Ukraine is NOT an area of Russia. Ukraine is it's own Country!!! So wouldn't the Lizzard be Ukrainian?

  94. Elijah Baird says:

    0.6 heheheee

  95. Pedro Crane says:

    0:45 😂

  96. Peace Love Motivation says:

    Bihhhh thats a snake

  97. BG - 11ZZ - Port Credit SS (2272) says:

    1:54 Smol Lizard gets Violated ;-;

  98. Sanni Keinänen says:

    Lizards have also different kind of jaw

  99. Ryan Laprade says:

    It's autotomy, not "autotonomy".

  100. Lukáš Semecký says:

    They look like Basilisk from HP

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