There are 10 different species of snakes, 3 different turtles,Spiny_odlan_norra_cypern_magasinet three different amphibians, seven lizard species and one type of chameleon existing in Northern Cyprus. Of these, the Spiny lizard (Laudakia stellio) which can grow to 35 cm in length is the largest and most often visible here.

The lizard is common and is often found on stone walls, rocky fields, olive groves and scrubland, and it can easily climb both trees and stones and can be found almost anywhere in Cyprus.

It eats mostly insects, but occasionally some plants. This lizard can often be seen sunning themselves with their characteristic head bobbing up and down.

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At the age of ten Sophia moved from Sweden in 1998 and has since lived in several locations around the world including Spain, and has been residing in North Cyprus for four years now. Her educational background is in marketing, hotel management and real estate, and she now works as a real estate agent and is editor in chief for New Cyprus Magazine. If you any questions for Sophia, please write to: