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European green lizard

Lacerta viridis

Description:

The lizard reaches up to 15 cm (5.9 in) from the tip of the muzzle to the cloaca. The tail can be up to twice the length of the body, total length is up to 40 cm (16 in). This lizard sometimes sheds its tail (autotomy) to evade the grasp of a predator, regrowing it later. The male has a larger head and a uniform green coloring punctuated with small spots that are more pronounced upon its back. The throat is bluish in the adult male and to a lesser extent in the female. The female is more slender than the male and has a more uniform coloration, often displaying between two and four light bands bordered by black spots.

Habitat:

Decidous forest floor, sunbathing on leaves.

Notes:

Wasn't very active, probably needed to warm up.

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Alex C.
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Alex C.

Romania

Spotted on Apr 2, 2017
Submitted on Apr 7, 2017

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