The Endangered Slender Glass Lizard
Description of Animal
History of the ESA
Why its Endangered in Wisconsin
The slender glass lizard was listed as endangered in Wisconsin in 1979, but not at a National or Global level. The lizard prefers flat areas and usually burrows itself in the ground. In Wisconsin most of the flat areas have been turned into farmland that is not suitable for the lizard to live. This is believed to have partly led to the endangerment. Invasive plant species, land development, and mowing of tall grasses is also believed to have led to the endangerment. In fact, according to the Wisconsin DNR, there have been 5 or less sightings in the state, ranking it as a S1 species.
There are quite a few things being done to try and protect and rebuild the population of this lizard like:
- There are now new requirements for mowing alongside roads like blade height requirements.
- New habitats are being created and managed for the lizard.
- Private landowners are now being specifically educated on things like mowing techniques and other stuff to help protect the population of the slender glass lizard.