Reptile Biodiversity


According to the Colombian government website highlighting the biodiversity in the National Parks, Colombia ranks #3 in the world for diverse species of reptiles. Approximately 6% of all reptile species live in Colombia. There are a plethora of lizards, snakes and turtles, as well as crocodiles, caimans, and gavialide.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Gorgona. So, I thought I would focus on one of the most unique species of lizards that can be found in Colombia. It is called the Lagaritja Azul de Gorgona -- the Blue Lizard of Gorgona (Anolis Gorgonae).
The Blue Lizard is very elusive. In fact, several scientists that have tried to study it have found it difficult to find and follow. Therefore, exact numbers are unknown and the species is considered a Critically Endangered species.
There has been talk of a captive breeding program, though at this time there is none.
It is illegal to collect, export, or purchse the Anolis Gorgonae as it was granted protected status by the Colombian government.

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