Western Green Lizard, Lacerta bilineata

Overview

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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