Iberian emerald lizard

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Iberian Emerald Lizard
Lacerta schreiberi.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Lacerta
Species: L. schreiberi
Binomial name
Lacerta schreiberi
Bedriaga, 1878
Mapa Lacerta schreiberi.png

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


The specific name, schreiberi, is in honor of Austrian zoologist Egid Schreiber (1836–1913), author of Herpetologia Europaea (1875).[1]

Geographic range[edit]

Lacerta schreiberi is found in Portugal and Spain.


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

Conservation status[edit]

L. schreiberi is threatened by habitat loss.


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).


L. schreiberi is mainly insectivorous, though it also preys on small lizards like the iberian wall lizard or large psammodromus.[2]


  1. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Lacerta schreiberi, p. 238).
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2013-11-26. pp156


Further reading[edit]

  • Arnold EN, Burton JA (1978). A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe. London: Collins. 272 pp. + Plates 1-40. ISBN 0-00-219318-3. (Lacerta schreiberi, p. 131 + Plate 20, figures 2a & 2b; Plate 22, figure 2 + Map 66).
  • Bedriaga J (1878). "Herpetologische Studien ". Archiv für Naturgeschichte 44 (1): 259-320. (Lacerta schreiberi, new species, pp. 299–303 + Plate X, figures 3 & 4). (in German and Latin).