Supriya Ghosh

Western green lizard

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Squamata
Genus  Lacerta
Higher classification  Lacerta
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Lacertidae
Scientific name  Lacerta bilineata
Rank  Species
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Similar  Lacerta, Reptile, European green lizard, Podarcis muralis, Lacertids

Western green lizard lacerta bilineata


The western green lizard (Lacerta bilineata) is a wall lizard of the Lacertidae family.

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Etymology

Western green lizard Western green lizard photo Lacerta bilineata G97862 ARKive

The genus name Lacerta and the species name bilineata are Latin words respectively meaning “lizard” and “with two lines”, with reference to the pale lines present on the flanks of the young individuals.

Subspecies

Western green lizard Western green lizard photo Lacerta bilineata G92709 ARKive
  • Lacerta bilineata bilineata Daudin, 1802 (in Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany)
  • Lacerta bilineata chloronota Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1810 (in southern Italy and Sicily)
  • Lacerta bilineata chlorosecunda Taddei, 1950 (in south-eastern Italy)
  • Lacerta bilineata fejervaryi Vasvary, 1926 (in Italy from Tuscany up to Naples)
  • Distribution

    Western green lizard Western green lizard photo Lacerta bilineata G97060 ARKive

    It is found in Andorra, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, on Jersey in the British Isles, and the United States.

    Description

    Lacerta bilineata reach an average length (excluding tail) of about 13 centimetres (5.1 in), with a maximum of 40 centimetres (16 in), including tail. Their tail may reach up to twice the body length. The average weight is about 35 grams. The body is bright green. The head is bigger in males than in females and the males often show a blue throat. Juveniles are almost brown, with a yellowish belly and 2-4 pale longitudinal lines along the flanks. Also sub adults have said lines, together with several small brown spots on their backs.

    These lizards are territorial animals. They feed on arthropods, mainly on large insects. Sexual maturity is reached around two years, when they are about 8 cm long (excluding tail). The males fight each other, especially in the mating period, when they are very aggressive towards rivals. The mating ritual is very precise, and it starts with a bite to the base of the tail of the female. The females lay 6 to 25 eggs in a humid and warm site, such as rotting logs. The average life span of this species is about 15 years.

    Habitat

    Its natural habitats are green humid areas, temperate forest, the edges of woods, shrubland, open grassland, arable land, and pastureland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

    References

    Western green lizard Wikipedia


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