Female reproductive cycle of the snaked-eyed Lizard <em>Ophisops elegans</em> Ménétriés, 1832 (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from Lebanon

  • Fida Nassar Laboratory of Georesources, Geosciences and Environment -Developmental Biology team, Faculty of Sciences 2, Fanar, Lebanese University, Lebanon.
  • Souad Hraoui-Bloquet Faculty of Sciences 2, Fanar, Lebanese University, Lebanon.
Keywords: Clutch, ovary, oviparous, sexual maturity, vitellogenesis


We studied the female reproductive cycle of a population of Ophisops elegans lizard from the herpetology collection of the Natural History Museum of the Lebanese University. Females collected during spring and summer showed vitellogenesis in their ovaries with oviposition occurring from May to July followed by a subsequent quiescent period. They produced up to two clutches. Mean clutch size was 3.2 ± 1, range 2-5 eggs. Clutch size was independent of female body size. The smallest female attaining sexual maturity had a snout vent length of 45 mm. Sexual maturity can be attained within one year of age. We found no significant difference in body size between female and male adult lizards. Seasonal variations in the reproductive activity of females were well synchronized with those of males.

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