Bedriaga's rock lizard 

Archaeolacerta bedriagae 

Lézard de Bédriaga or Lézard montagnard corse.

Only found on the islands Corsica and Sardinia - Status Near Threatened

The Bédriaga lizard appears flat and has a long, slender shape. They have a pointed nose and very robust limbs with which they easily climb vertical surfaces. Their scales are smooth (not keeled) and glued to the body. Their tail is up to twice as long as their body and they are easily recognized by their tapered head and pointed nose.

Pattern and colouration can be quite variable and there seem to be little external differences between the sexes outside of mating season when adults are brownish-grey with a dark, fine-lined net pattern on their backs.

Females are browner than males and the males in mating season aquire a blue belly, blue loins and blue dots on the flanks. The netlike pattern seems to turn into a pattern of white dots. Juveniles are discernible by their bright azure blue tails.

Adult males can grow to a total length (including tail) of up to 30 cm

They occupy a range of habitats from sea level to about 1000 metres above sea level but are more abundant in the mountainous areas where they are found on rocks, cliffs and ruins. They are good swimmers and diet consists of insects and their larvae.

Depending on the altitude, mating occurs from April to June. The female lays 3 to 6 eggs usually in July. Incubation lasts 8-9 weeks. The young that are born from July to September are 5 to 6.5 cm tall.

Winter seasonal dormancy can be as long as 6 months at altitude.