Distribution: Greece (Milos Archipelago, western Cyclades, Ananes Archipelago, Islands Falkonera and Velopoula) adolfjordansi: Ananes Island (W of Milos) gerakuniae: Gerakunia (= Falconera) Island
Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2006Near Threatened(IUCN 2006)
- 1996Vulnerable(Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
Milos wall lizard
The lizard's body length is no more than 6.5 cm, and the tail is twice as long. The lizard looks sturdy, and has a broad head. The male's appearance is characteristic for the species. The back is usually brown, and has a slight longitudinal line in the middle of it. Flanks, throat and the sides of the head are black with white, yellow, blue or light green spots. The belly has often black patterning. A typical female has white stripes on the edges of its back, and some distinctive spots in the throat.
The Milos wall lizard inhabits a few Aegean islands in Greece. They are Milos, Kimolos, Falkonera, Antimilos and Parapola. The species prefers cultivated lands. These lizards bask in the sun in the banks and piles of stones. They hunt in the open ground or among plants.
The species is becoming rare due to habitat loss.
- E. N. Arnold, J. A. Burton (1978). A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe
- Amphibians and Reptiles of Europe