List of reptiles of the Canary Islands

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List of reptiles of the Canary Islands is an incomplete list of reptiles found in the Canary Islands. This list includes both endemic and introduced species.

Lizards[edit]

Family Gekkonidae[edit]

Species Common name
Tarentola angustimentalis [e] East Canary Gecko
Tarentola boettgeri [e] Boettger's Wall Gecko
Tarentola delalandii [e] Tenerife Gecko
Tarentola gomerensis [e] Gomero Wall Gecko
Hemidactylus turcicus Mediterranean House Gecko (or Turkish Gecko)

Family Lacertidae[edit]

Species Common name
Gallotia atlantica [e] Atlantic Lizard (vulnerable)
Gallotia caesaris [e] Boettger's Lizard (rare on Greater Roque Salmor)
Gallotia galloti [e] West Canaries Lizard (or Tenerife Lizard)
Gallotia simonyi machadoi [e] EL Hierro Giant Lizard (critically endangered)
Gallotia bravoana [e] La Gomera Giant Lizard (critically endangered)


Gallotia stehlini [e] Giant Canary Giant Lizard (critically endangered)
Gallotia auaritae [e] La Palma Giant Lizard (critically endangered)
Gallotia goliath [e] Tenerife Giant Lizard (extinct, known from subfossil remains)
Gallotia intermedia [e] Tenerife Speckled Lizard {species discovered in 1996 & described in 1999, critically endangered)

Family Scincidae[edit]

Species Common name
Chalcides simonyi [e] East Canary Skink
Chalcides sexlineatus [e] Gran Canaria Skink
Chalcides viridanus [e] West Canary Skink

Turtles[edit]

Family Chelonidae[edit]

Species Common name
Caretta caretta Loggerhead sea turtle
Chelonia mydas Green Sea Turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata Atlantic Hawksbill
Lepidochelys kempii Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Family Dermochelyidae[edit]

Species Common name
Dermochelys coriacea Leatherback sea turtle


References[edit]

  • Pleguezuelos, J.M. ; Márquez, R.; Lizana, M. (2002). "Atlas y Libro Rojo de los anfibios y reptiles de España. Madrid: Dirección General de Conservación de la naturaleza; Asociación Herpetológica Española; Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales". 
  • Amphibians and Reptiles in the Canary Islands, Focus on Nature