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Reptiles & amphibians

Greek algyroides (Algyroides moreoticus)


Greek algyroides are mostly brown, on the upper part of the back, while the sides are coated with black and yellow spots. The scales are flat, which make the lizard’s body seem smooth. The tail is almost two times longer than the body.


The Greek algyroide is native to Greece. It finds its ideal habitat in temperate forest, Mediterranean vegetation, rocky spaces, and temperate shrubs.


Like most of lizards, the Greek algyroide adopts an insectivore diet, in which arthropods, such as spiders and beetles, are the main source of food.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Near threatened” by IUCN Red List.

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