Rare Lizard Under Fear of Extinction in Turkey

Rare steppe-runner lizard trying to survive in the terrain of Eastern Anatolia in Turkey.

This species is especially found in the Tuzluca district of Igdir province and on the slopes of Mt. Agri, in difficult terrains that are closed to agriculture and without much human mobility.

The steppe lizard, which lives globally only in the west of the Asian continent, in Turkey as well as in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Iran, was recently photographed in its natural environment by Anadolu Agency on the mountain.

“It has entered our country from two different points, one of them is Igdir. It is found from Igdir to Khorasan, and from Van to Bitlis,” Turkish herpetologist Bahadir Akman told Anadolu Agency.

Akman said these reptiles live in steppe environments (unforested grassland), and have enormous benefits for agriculture. “They are key to ecological balance as they feed on local insects and small invertebrates,” he said.

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