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Shared by : Bharat Adhikari (Nepal)
Habitat : France, Italy, Portugal
Status : Near Threatened
Introduction
It is also known as eyed lizard or jeweled lacerta in the pet trade.
Timon lepidus is one of the largest members of its family. The adult is 30 to 60 cm (0.98 to 1.97 ft) long and may reach up to 90 cm (3.0 ft), and weight more than 0.5 kg (1.1 lb.). It has its long tail which is about its two-thirds. Newly hatched young are 4 to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 in) long, excluding tail.
This is a robust lizard with a serrated collar. The male has a characteristic broad head. It has thick, strong legs, with long, curved claws. The dorsal background colour is usually green, but sometimes grey or brownish, especially on the head and tail. This is overlaid with black stippling that may form a bold pattern of interconnected rosettes. The underside is yellowish or greenish with both the male and female sporting bright blue spots along the flanks, though the male is typically brighter in colour than the female. Young are green, grey, or brown, with yellowish or white, often black-edged, spots all over.
This lizard feeds mainly on large insects, especially beetles, and also robs birds’ nests and occasionally takes reptiles, frogs, and small mammals. It also eats fruit and other plant matter, especially in dry areas.
Habitat: Open and dry areas of woodland, scrubland, olive groves, vineyards, meadows, arable areas and sandy or rocky sites.
Threats
Habitat loss, pollution.

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