Monday, 27 October 2008

Ocellated Lizard (Timon lepidus)

Adult Occelated Lizard (subspecies T. l. lepidusat Laguna Campillo, Spain - April 2016

OTHER NAMES: Eyed Lizard, Jeweled Lacerta
Local Name (Spain): Lagarto Ocelado ("Ocellated Lizard")
Featured Subspecies: Timon lepidus lepidus
Weight: 500g
Length: 30-60cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Near Threatened

The Ocellated Lizard is the largest lizard in Europe, a species found throughout Iberia and Southern France.  It is a fairly omnivorous species, primarily feeding on beetles but will more broadly feed on anything it can find including bird's eggs, small vertebrates and plant matter as required.  The way to differentiate the males from the females are the blue spots on the flanks, but this individual wasn't interested in showing itself well

Related Species:
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Timon
SUBSPECIES: T. l. ibericus, T. l. lepidus, T. l. nevadensis, T. l. oteroi 

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - A widespread resident
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: A single individual at Laguna Campillo

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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