Balkan Green Lizard

Lacerta
trilineata

Balkan Green Lizard
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The Balkan Green Lizard (scient. Lacerta trilineata) is the largest lizard in Crete (and in Greece), which is known for its intense green color.

In Crete, apart from the main subspecies Lacerta trilineata trilineata, there is also the subspecies Lacerta trilineata polylepidota. The green lizards are completely harmless, although some consider them poisonous.

Its length (excluding the tail) reaches 16cm and the overall length with the tail may exceed 45cm. It is a diurnal lizard that likes moving on the ground. It feeds on invertebrates, insects and smaller lizards and snakes. Female lizards lay 6-20 eggs, which hatch in 30 days.

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