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Reptiles & amphibians

Oertzen’s rock lizard (Anatololacerta oertzeni)


It has a total length (SVL+tail length) of around 20 cm. It is a patterned brown-green colour with two stripes running from the head to the base of the tail. Juveniles are distinguished by a blue tail. In adults, this blue tail fades to a uniform green-brown colour.


It can be found in sclerophyllous habitat, rocky areas, or in anthropogenic inflenced habitats like orchards. Also on stone walls where they are often basking.


Anatololacerta oertzeni has a diet consisting of arthropods. For example, Coleoptera, Arachnidae, and Orthoptera.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by IUCN Red List.

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