Wildlife in Italy: Gongilo

Wildlife in Italy: Gongilo

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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Reptiles
Order: Squamata
suborders: Sauri
Family: Scincidi
Kind: Chalcides
Species: C. ocellatus

It is a typical species of the Mediterranean scrub. It prefers the arid and sandy areas of the coastal resorts of southern Italy and the islands. It is a protected species.

Distinctive characters

The Gongilo (Chalcides ocellatus) is a chestnut with an elongated cylindrical body, very similar to a luscengola. It has 4 limbs each with 5 fingers. He uses his limbs a little and mostly moves crawling.
The background color of the back is brown and has the characteristic white ocellations on a black design, which give it its name. The belly, on the other hand, is of uniform light beige color.
It can reach a maximum of 30 cm in length.


It feeds mainly on insects, arachnids and molluscs.
It is an ovoviviparous species: the female holds the eggs inside her belly and gives birth to 5 to 10 fully formed babies.

Gongilo (photo Anders Selmer

Gongilo (photo Anders Selmer

Video: Experience Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. (July 2022).


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