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Reptiles & amphibians

Greek rock lizard (Lacerta graeca)

Description

The Lacerta graeca is well known for its characteristic colourful pattern on the body. Usually, the centre is greenish-greyish with some black dots, and the sides are scattered with black, yellow and brown circular spots; however, some individuals can be bright green. Males have more spots than females do. The underside is completely bright yellow. The tail is two times and a half longer than the rest of the body.

Habitat

The Greek rock lizard is native to southern Greece. Although it is a good climber, it is more likely to be found at ground level rather than high elevations. It favours habitats that are near a source of water and covered by vegetation, such as vineyards, shrub vegetation, roadsides (…).

Diet

As most lizards, the Greek rock lizard is insectivore, feeding mainly on arthropods, such as spiders, ants, beetles (…)/

Protection Status

This species is listed as “Near threatened” by IUCN Red List.

Interesting Fact

Its tail it two and a half times bigger than the rest of the body, allowing it to reach up to 400 metres.

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