Scientific Name: Timon lepidus

Found In: Southwestern Europe – Portugal, Spain, and parts of France and Italy/Open and dry woodlands, scrub land, olive groves, meadows, and sandy or rocky sites

Size: Adults average 1 to 2 feet in length

Diet: Carnivore. Diet consists of beetles, birds’ eggs, reptiles, frogs, and small mammals

Threat Level: Near Threatened. Pesticide pollution, habitat loss and poisoning are major threats for this species

Facts: Although this is now a protected species in Spain, it used to be harvested for a traditional cuisine in the country.