Timon tangitanus

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Timon tangitanus
Lacertidae - Timon tangitanus.JPG
Timon tangitanus at the Prague Zoo
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Timon
Species: T. tangitanus
Binomial name
Timon tangitanus
(Boulenger, 1887)
  • Lacerta tangitanus Boulenger, 1887
  • Lacerta ocellata tangitana Boulenger 1889
  • Timon tangitanus — Schluter 2004: 44
  • Timon tangitanus — Mateo et al. 2005
  • Lacerta (Timon) tangitana — Montori et al. 2005
  • Timon tangitanus — Arnold et al. 2007
  • Lacerta (Timon) pater tangitanus — Sindaco & Jeremcenko 2008

Timon tangitanus, common name Moroccan Eyed Lizard, is a species of lizard in the Lacertidae family.


Timon tangitanus can reach a length of about 70 cm. The body is green or brown, with blue ocelli on the back. For decades this species has been regarded as belonging to the genus Lacerta. It mainly feed on invertebrates, but also on fruits.


It is found in Northwest Africa (mountains of north western Algeria, mediterranean regions of Morocco and Western Sahara).


Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, and Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation. It prefers woodland edge, scrub and rocky areas. It is threatened by habitat loss.


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