Iberian emerald lizard

Iberian emerald lizard

Iberian emerald lizard, Schreiber's green lizard

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Lacerta schreiberi

The Iberian emerald lizard (Lacerta schreiberi), also known commonly as Schreiber's green lizard, is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae. The species is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula.

Animal name origin

The specific name, schreiberi, is in honor of Austrian zoologist Egid Schreiber (1836–1913), author of Herpetologia Europaea (1875).

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It is known as Lagarto-de-água (water lizard) in Portuguese and lagarto verdinegro (green and black lizard) in Spanish.

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Appearance

A large species, L. schreiberi measures about 13.5 cm (5.3 in) snout-to-vent (SVL); including the tail, it measures about 38 cm (15 in).

Distribution

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Lacerta schreiberi is found in Portugal and Spain.

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The natural habitats of L. schreiberi are temperate forests and shrublands, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rivers, and pastureland.

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Iberian emerald lizard habitat map
Iberian emerald lizard habitat map
Iberian emerald lizard
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Habits and Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Diet and Nutrition

Lacerta schreiberi is mainly insectivorous, though it also preys on small lizards like the iberian wall lizard or large psammodromus.

Mating Habits

Lacerta schreiberi is oviparous. Clutch size varies from 11 to 28 eggs.

Population

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Lacerta schreiberi is threatened by habitat loss.

References

1. Iberian emerald lizard Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberian_emerald_lizard
2. Iberian emerald lizard on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/11113/3251580

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