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The most obvious difference between lizards and snakes is usually the presence or absence of limbs.  However, there are always exceptions.  In Kansas, that exception is the Western Slender Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus).  There are currently 16 lizard species documented in Kansas.  The Western Slender Glass Lizard is not only the largest lizard species in Kansas, it is also the only lizard in the state that doesn’t have limbs!  The Western Slender Glass Lizard is commonly mistaken for a snake because of its lack of limbs.  However, like all lizards, the Western Slender Glass Lizard has external ear openings ...


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