Lizards in North Cyprus

There are eleven species of lizards living in North Cyprus. Due to their nocturnal habits or concealed life-styles, most of them are difficult to observe. The chamaeleon (Chamaeloe Chamaelon) is such an example. Though fairly common, it is rarely seen. It is found nearly everywhere in North Cyprus, except the Mesaoria Plain. The most common lizard in North Cyprus is the Snake -eye lizard (Ophisops elegans), ubiquitous except in enclosed woodland. Another conspicuous member of the Lizards in North Cyprus is the Agma (Agma Stellio) seen most of the time sitting on rocky cliffs. One remarkable lizard is the European Gecko (Hemidactylus turicicus) which likes human company and thus prefers living in and around houses.