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Green Spiny Lizard

(Sceloporus malachiticus)

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A mid-sized lizard with body covered with coarse, spine-tipped scales; green, olive, or brown (but can darken to black); tail sometimes bluish; black mark on side of neck; throat and belly with blue blotches; to 9 cm (3.5in), plus tail. (Lagartija Espinosa).


Middle and higher elevation wet forest areas, Pacific and northern Caribbean slopes; found on the ground but also climbs; prefers sunny, open areas, forest edge, clearings, gardens, rock walls, buildings.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Irazú Volcano National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Poás Volcano National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Green Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus malachiticus), Costa Rica