The La Palma giant lizard (Gallotia auaritae) belongs to the genus Gallotia, a distinctive group of lizards which occurs only on the Canary Islands (3). Although thought to be extinct, a possible sighting of this species in 2007 suggests that a remnant population of the La Palma giant lizard might still exist (1).
From the structure of its skeleton, the La Palma giant lizard is known to be a large, robust lizard with well developed, muscular legs (2). Male giant lizards are generally larger than females, with larger, sturdier heads (4). Although recent sighting of this species may be unconfirmed (5), it is described as being dark-brown in colour (2).
- Snout-vent length: up to 44 cm (2)