Green Lizard, Lacerta viridis

The Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis) is one of the best known European lizards. In captivity it becomes very tame and gentle and willingly lets itself to be handled. This species will do well in an outdoor reptiliary in suitable areas.

Green Lizard, Lacerta Viridis
Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis)
Photo courtesy of Natural History of Tásos

Growing to a total length of about 16 in., with an elegant tail twice the length of its head an body, this very attractive species is bright green with a sprinkling of yellow and darker green spots. During the mating season, the male's throat becomes bright blue. Large planted terrarium with medium humidity and facilities for climbing. The daytime air temperature should be maintained around 77°F with hotter basking areas. Reduce to about 68°F at night. A short hibernation period in the winter of 8-10 weeks at 47-54°F is recommended. Feed on a variety of invertebrates, minced lean meat, dog or cat food, and maybe a little soft, ripe fruit. Provide a regular vitamin supplement and a large water dish.

Lizards can look healthy and continue to harbor a considerable amount of internal parasites. Usually, they are resistant to parasites and viruses with which they are evolved, but become highly susceptible to parasites common in other species. For this reason, if you keep various lizards together, quarantine and provide veterinary assessment for all the species in the community. Wild-collected lizards can be infested with ticks. 7-14 eggs per clutch. The eggs are laid mostly in May and June, often in two or even three clutches. With proper care can live up to 10 years.

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