A Madeiran lizard taking its ease amongst the Yucca flower spikes in the Jardim Botanico above Funchal. The Jardim Botanico (Botanic Garden) occupies a terraced 12 acre (5 ha) site high on the hills above Funchal, which was formerly the grounds/estate of the Quinto de Bom Successo: the summer retreat of the famous Reid Family. The gardens contain over 2000 species from every continent, but are especially dedicated to the propagation and conservation of indigenous Madeiran plants. Accessible by local bus from Funchal, and now, via the new cable car, which runs down from the square near the top of the Monte cable car station. More descriptive information is available on Madeira (general), specific locations, Gardens, Markets, Levadas, specific Levadas, Bananas, and specific plants. Please ask.
COMMON LIZARD - Lacerta vivipara, Lacertidae, in sand dunes, beach, live bearing, viviparous, reptile, heath land, woodland edges, compost heaps, hibernate, hibernation, sun loving, cold blooded, scales, Andy Purcell
REPTILE SCENE; Nile CROCODILE; GOLDEN ARROW POISON FROG; COMMON FROG; SPOTTED SALAMANDER; EASTERN GREEN MAMBA SNAKE; KOMODO DRAGON; Indian COBRA; DESERT TORTOISE; JACKSONS CHAMELEON; SHINGLEBACK LIZARD; FRILLED LIZARD; ANIMALS; ART