Ophisops_elegans006_180417
Ophisops_elegans006_180417

The eyes of a snake


A male Snake-eyed Lizard Ophisops elegans basking on a dry stone wall at Symi island. The name of the genus comes from the Greek "ophis" meaning snake and "ops" meaning eye. This is because these lizards have fused, transparent eyelids and cannot open them, like snakes. In reality the resemblance is not so accurate, because the lizards have a third eyelid than can be moved in front of the fused ones.