What to Feed Lizards on La Palma

Female Canary wall lizard (Gallotia galloti palmae) with watermelon Tedote, Los Llanos, La Palma
Female Canary wall lizard (Gallotia galloti palmae)

Yesterday I discovered that the local lizards (Gallotia galloti palmae) are fond on watermelon on a hot day. Figures. Unlike most lizards, they eat quite a lot of plants, especially ripe fruit, to the point where they can become a nuisance in vinyards.


I recently discovered that we only have one species of small lizard here. What I thought were two species is one, with different colours for males and females. The one in the photo above is a female – brown and stripy. The males are greyish, with a blue throat (below.)

Male Canary wall lizard, Gallotia galloti palmae, Brena Baja, La Palma island
Male Canary wall lizard, Gallotia galloti palmae

My friend has been told that it’s a big mistake to feed them, as they can loose all fear of humans to the point where they’ll bite your toes. We discussed this, and agreed it seemed unlikely, and if it did happen, it wouldn’t be all that bad. After reading Wikipedia, I conclude that it’s extremely unlikely. Apparently one colony on Teide of the subspecies on Tenerife (Gallotia galloti galloti) has become quite tame and will provide photo opportunities in exchange for ripe banana. There’s no mention of tourists getting their fingers bitten off.

I have to try this. Watch this space.

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