A small green lizard (20 cm in size). It was found in the direct neighboorhood of a house, in a small village in the Hungarian hills south of the Balaton lake. It was found in the middle of the day.

Our first guess would be Lacerta viridis. Is this correct?


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By the picture and the official distribution it looks to be as you said a Lacerta viridis.

Some references and distribution here:

In Western Europe we have a brother specie Lacerta bilineata.

Example in Geneva:


The distribution maps shows that Lacerta viridis is mainly present in Easter Europe (including Hungary) and Lacerta bilineata is present in the Western Europe.

Both species are similar and the male get the throat blue generally during the breeding season.

This site have also a description of the specie.

  • $\begingroup$ I think it's the biggest lizard locally in most places, i.e. in France it's the biggest lizard i have seen, up to 40cm. the ones with the most blue are the best, they vary a lot. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 8:36

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