Western Green Lizard, Lacerta bilineata


Short description of Lacerta bilineata, Western Green Lizard

Grows up to 40cm. Hatchlings brown, becoming green sprinkled with black. Some males, especially older ones, have a blue throat or head, especially in spring. Amount of black increases with age. Two light-coloured dorsal stripes may be visible in some animals.

Description of Lacerta bilineata, Western Green Lizard status in GB

Western green lizard is present in a self-sustaining colony on the coastal cliffs near Boscombe, Bournemouth.

Habitat summary: Lacerta bilineata, Western Green Lizard

Scrubby grassland, dunes, coastal heaths, woodland edges etc.  The GB population lives on scrubby, south-facing cliffs.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Andorra, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Monaco, Slovenia, Channel Is.
Functional type: Predator
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Isle of Wight
Date of first record: 1899

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John W. Wilkinson

Last updated:

February 24th, 2012

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