Giant Haitian Galliwasp
Island of Hispaniola
Up to 2 feet
Insects, worms, small mammals, reptiles
Not much is known about this secretive lizard. It will eat almost anything that it comes across but prefers insects and other reptiles. Galliwasps give birth to live young after a gestation of about 90 days. They like damp areas of the forest floor and are thought to burrow. Galliwasps are threatened by habitat loss, hunting due to locals mistakenly thinking they are venomous, and the introduction of non-native species such as dogs, cats, and mongooses to their habitat.
You can see our galliwasp in the Unseen New World.
We participate in the Species Survival Plan for Giant Haitian Galliwasps.