Full name: Phoenicolacerta troodica (Gray, 1838)

This family includes 312 species spread throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. It is the first lizard family described and the morphology of its representatives is considered as the most “typical” form of lizards. Lacertids are fast lizards with well-formed limbs and head. They forage during the day and nearly all of them lay eggs except limited number of species that breed active juveniles. In Cyprus, this family is represented by three species; these are the Schreiber’s fringe-toad lizard, the Snake-eyed lizard and the Troodos lizard.


Small-sized lizard with a body that can reach 10cm in length and tail that does not excedd 15cm. Body color brown-green to gray-green. On the side of the body, a longwise dark brown band is detected that extend from the head toward the tail. On the ventral side of this band, a pale white line is found that separates the dark color of the back from the light color of the ventricular surface of the lizards. During the breeding season, orange batches are formed on the side of the head in males while the abdominal becomes orange with red and blue dots on the side.


It can be found in a wide variety of natural habitats of the island showing preference in shady and humid environments with rich vegetation cover such as streams, rivers and woodlands. It can also be found in gardens, cultivated lands or even semi-arid environments with good coverage of trees and shrubs. It occurs from the coast to the highest peaks of Troodos mountain.


Feeds mainly with small arthropods such as spiders, beetles and butterflies.


Reproduce during spring and summer. Females lay usually 2-8 eggs in each clutch.

Global distribution: Endemic species of Cyprus


Status: Common


Special protection:
Protected by the Bern Convention (Annex III)

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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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