Full name: Ablepharus budaki (Gӧcmen, Kumlutas & Tosunoglu, 1996)

Endemic subspecies A. b. budaki Göcmen, Kumlutas & Tosunoglu, 1996


This family includes 1.560 species and is the largest family of lizards. Representatives of this family can be found around the planet with the exception of the continent of Antartica while they exhibit impressive diversity both in size (from 2-35cm) and in their morphology and behavior. The main characteristic of the representatives of this family are the reduce limbs, the absence of pronounce neck, the smooth skin surface and the densely arranged overlapping scales. Due to the reduced small size limbs, the movement of these lizards resembles more the movement of snakes than of other typical lizards. The limbs are totally absent from some representatives of the family. In Cyprus, this family is represented by four species; these are the Snake-eyed Skink, the Ocellated Skink, the Bridled Skink and the Schneider’s Skink.

Small-sized lizard with body size that does not exceed 12cm in length including the tail. Smooth dark color back with copper-gray shades. On the side a wide dark brown stripe is detected that extends from head to tail.


Mainly located in areas with rich vegetation of deciduous trees (eg. Oaks and sycamore trees) where it lives in litterfall. It can also be found in areas with dense grassy or bushy vegetation or even in coniferous forest while it avoids dry areas. It occurs from the coast to the peaks of Troodos mountain.


Feeds mainly with small arthropods.

Reproduce during spring and summer. Females lay from 2-4 eggs which hatch two months after oviposition.

Global distribution: Cyprus, south Turkey, Syria, Lebanon.


Status: Common


Special protection:
• Protected by European Directive 92/43/EC (Annex IV)
• Protected by the Cyprus Law 153 (I) 2003 (Annex III)
• Protected by the Bern Convention (Annex II)

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Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

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