The Gran Canaria giant lizard is omnivorous, feeding on fruit, flowers, leaves and also insects (3). Other species in the Laceritidae family, or ‘true lizards’, are known to mainly forage for food on the ground, in low shrubs or at the base of trees (6) (7).
When faced with a predator, the most common anti-predator response in the Gran Canaria giant lizard is to quickly flee (8). However, the adult Gran Canaria giant lizard will sometimes use a threat display, facing a potential predator with its mouth open while hissing (8). This display is though to advertise its powerful jaws to potential predators (8).
The Gran Canaria giant lizard is known to reach sexual maturity at around three or four years of age (4) (7). This species is oviparous, and the female can lay between 4 and 16 eggs per clutch, with the number of eggs produced being related to body size (3) (7). The eggs take around 8 to 10 weeks to hatch (4).
The Gran Canaria giant lizard is known to live for 11 years or more (4) (7).