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Hey there, gremxula! Did you know that the Maltese Wall Lizard is an endemic species to Malta?
The Maltese Wall Lizard can be further divided into multiple species with distinct appearances.

Lyndsey Grima

The Maltese Wall Lizard (Gremxula komuni ta' Malta) is a fascinating and unique species found exclusively in Malta, making it a true gem of the island nation. BirdLife Malta highlights that these lizards are endemic to the region and that they are further divided into multiple subspecies, each showcasing distinct characteristics and appearances.

The lizards inhabiting Malta, Gozo, and Comino boast remarkable differences from those residing on Filfla and Fungus Rock. The former exhibits a striking black body adorned with mesmerising blue spots, while the latter surprises with a vibrant orange throat. This remarkable diversity can be attributed to the forces of evolution and geographical isolation.

Given the ecological significance of these distinct subspecies, conservation efforts are in place to monitor their habitats. Specially permitted conservation programs are actively working to assess the presence or absence of invasive species, such as rats, on Filfla and Fungus Rock. As restricted nature reserves, these islands play a critical role in preserving the lizards' populations and safeguarding the habitats of local seabirds.

Even on the main islands of Malta, the Maltese Wall Lizard exhibits a splendid array of colours and tones. Ranging from bright green to purple or beige-grey, each individual lizard is a unique testament to the beauty of nature's diversity.

The Maltese Wall Lizard stands as a reminder towards the importance of protecting these precious creatures for generations to come.

25th May 2024


Lyndsey Grima
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