The Western Green Lizard (Lacerta bilineata) is a member of the Lacertidae family. It is found in Andorra, Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and Jersey. It has been intriduced into the United States. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, temperate grassland, arable land, and pastureland. It is threatened by habitat loss.
In the UKEdit
In July 2002 herpetologist Chris Gleed-Owen of the Herpetological Conservation Trust was on his way to work when he accidentally discovered a colony of Western green lizards Lacerta bilineata at Southbourne and Boscombe Cliffs, Bournemouth (Gleed-Owen 2004). These animals, which are breeding and expanding their range along the coastline, are most likely introductions, but their presence has resulted in widespread speculation about the possibility of native occurrence. 45 known breeding pairs occur in over the whole of the UK.