Mostly throughout sub-Saharan African, also introduced in Greece from Egypt where we can find them in the area of Pylos.
Habitat: Maquis, reed beds, olive groves.
Incubation: 20-40 eggs, 11 months incubation, 10-20 young
Social structure: Solitary
IUCN Status in Greece: Critically endangered
Global IUCN Status: Least concern
Estimated population in Greece: 350
Threats: Tourism development, nest destruction from vehicles on the beach, destruction of coastal vegetation, alteration of their habitat for agriculture, illegal trade, fires, road kills.
Did you know that:
- They change the colour of their skin to protect themselves (camouflage), to regulate body temperature and to communicate with its species.
- Their eyes move independently.
- Their tongue is as long as their body.