Ophisaurus attenuatus Cope – Slender Glass Lizard
Ophisaurus attenuatus Cope – Slender Glass Lizard

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     Exact locality, based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
     Exact locality, based on literature record believed valid
     Approximate locality based on specimen(s) or photographs examined
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     County record only, based on specimens or photographs examined
     County record only, based on literature report believed valid
     Type locality
?      Questionable and/or problematic record

Taxonomy:  Two subspecies are recognized (de Queiroz and Reeder 2012). The Eastern Slender Glass Lizard (O. a. longicaudus) occurs in Tennessee (Conant and Collins 1998). 

Distribution:  The Slender Glass Lizard is known from a large portion of the state, but has yet to be documented from several counties in West and East Tennessee, and the southern tier counties of Middle Tennessee. 

Museum Records by Counties: BledsoeFLMNH 17475; NCSM 8399. BlountGSMNP 3863, 3864, 15871; UTKVZC 04760, 04761.  BradleyUSNM  029618.  CumberlandAMNH R-73589; TTU 483, uncataloged (1 specimen); UMMZ 56364.  FentressAPSU 19298.  GrundyAPSU 2456.  HardemanAPSU 16855-16857, 17484; LSUMZ 34770; UMMZ 97434, 97435.  HendersonAPSU 6002.  HickmanAPSU 3436.  KnoxMCZ 606; USNM 004169; UTKVZC 03424.  McNairyAPSU 12140.  MontgomeryAPSU 02373, 03763, 05467.  PolkAPSU 17481; FLMNH 17474.  PutnamTTU uncataloged (1 specimens).  RoaneUSNM 014724.  RutherfordMTSU uncataloged (2 specimens).  ScottUTKVZC 03423.  SequatchieAPSU 02456.  Van BurenNCSM 8402.  WhiteTTU 322. 

Literature Sources by Counties: BedfordGentry (1956). BlountKing (1939), Huheey and Stupka (1965), Huheey and Stupka (1967). BradleyBurt (1937), McConkey (1954), Cochran (1961). ChesterEndsley (1954). CoffeeMiller et al. (2005), Niemiller (2005). CumberlandMcConkey (1954), Gentry (1956). DavidsonGentry (1956).  FentressCobb (2012).  FranklinGerald (2005), Miller et al. (2005), Gerald et al. (2006). HamiltonWilson et al. (2012).  HardemanEndsley (1954), McConkey (1954), Gentry (1956), Norton and Harvey (1975).  KnoxCope (1900), Burt (1937), McConkey (1954), Cochran (1961). RoaneCope (1900), Burt (1937), McConkey (1954), Cochran (1961). ShelbyParker (1948). SumnerGentry (1956). Van BurenGentry (1956).  WarrenGentry (1956). 

Questionable and/or Erroneous Records: None. 

Conservation Status: Tennessee populations of Ophisaurus attenuatus are considered Wildlife in Need of Management by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (Proclamation 00-14, Wildlife in Need of Management) and are given a state ranking of S3 (rare and uncommon in the state, from 21-100 occurrences) by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Natural Heritage (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation 2004).

Posted: 14 July 2008

Latest Revision: 15 February 2013


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