Tenerife Lizard Gallotia galloti

Tenerife Lizard male
Tenerife Lizard female
Endemic to the Western Canary Islands, the breeding adult male Tenerife Lizard (above left) is colourful; the adult female (above right) is patterned but mainly brown.
Tenerife Lizard Male with female in breeding colours (Northern subspecies)
Tenerife Lizard The male is also much larger than the female.
Tenerife Lizard They enjoy fruit, insects and any other food.
Tenerife Lizard male
Tenerife Lizard male
Tenerife Lizard male
The Northern Tenerife Lizard (Gallotia galloti eisentrauti) breeding male (above) has a blue throat, blue spots and sometimes bands on its body with yellow stripes and sometimes a yellow-green wash. The male Southern Tenerife Lizard (Gallotia galloti galloti), from central and south Tenerife, seems dustier with more blue and less yellow -- see "Paired Lizards" page linked below.
Tenerife Lizard female
Tenerife Lizard female
The female Tenerife Lizard is better camouflaged but has patterns and sometimes some yellow bars and even faint blue spots.
Tenerife Lizard young female
The young female above is halfway between the adult left and the red-backed, striped juvenile below.
Tenerife Lizard juvenile
Tenerife Lizard juvenile
Tenerife Lizard juvenile
The juvenile Tenerife Lizard is small, often with a reddish back, light yellow stripes from head to tail and with light spots on the sides of its legs.
The adult male, adult female and young juvenile can look like entirely different species in size, colour and patterning.