Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine. Introduced to Kansas in the United States.

Species:

Lacerta viridis  (LAURENTI, 1768)

Subspecies (3):

Lacerta viridis viridis  (LAURENTI, 1768)

Lacerta viridis guentherpetersi  RYKENA, NETTMANN & MAYER, 2001

Lacerta viridis meridionalis  CYRÉN, 1933

Synonyms:

Seps viridis  LAURENTI 1768

Lacerta viridis  DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839

Common names:

European Green Lizard (English)
Smaragdeidechse (German)

Terra Typica:

Type locality: Vienna, Austria


Taxonomic notes:

Lacerta viridis magnifica SOBOLEVSKY 1930
This subspecies is described from specimens from the territory of the Crimean Peninsula. A special study of the status of this taxon is advised. Perhaps we are dealing with an extinct endemic.

Igor Doronin.


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Laurenti, J.N,. (1768) -  Description of Seps viridis (= Lacerta viridis). -  Specimen medicum, exhibiens synopsin reptilium emendatam cum experimentis circa venena et antidota reptilium austriacorum. pp. 62.     

  • Amann, T. & Rykena, S. & Joger, U. & Nettmann, H.-K. & Veith, M. (1997) -  Zur artlichen Trennung von Lacerta bilineata DAUDIN, 11802 und L. viridis (LAURENTI, 1768). -  Salamandra, Rheinbach, 33 (4): 255-268.    

  • Godinho, R. & Crespo, E.G. & Ferrand, N. & Harris, D.J. (2005) -  Phylogeny and evolution of the green lizards, Lacerta spp. (Squamata: Lacertidae) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences -  Amphibia-Reptilia, 26 (3): 271-285.    

  • Marzahn, E., Mayer, W., Joger, U., Ilgaz, Ç, Jablonski, D., Kindler, C., Kumlutaş, Y., Nistri, A., Schneeweiss, N., Vamberger, M., Žagar, A. & Fritz, U. (2016) -  Phylogeography of the Lacerta viridis complex: mitochondrial and nuclear markers provide taxonomic insights. -  Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Berlin, 54 (2): 85-105.    

 
 
 
 

Lacerta viridis: 295  pictures (see subspecies level)

 
 
 

Lacerta viridis viridis  © 2000 Angelika & Siegfried Troidl