• Lacerta Bilineata

LACERTA BILINEATA - Juveniles and adolescents: a few impressions of the youngsters...

Young lacerta bilineata go through interesting color changes. As juveniles they're mostly brown with a yellowish green chest and belly as you can see in pic 1 below. It's interesting to note how the length of the tail with this freshly hatched individual is already twice the size of the body as is typical for the species. Within a year, as adolescents, they develop white lines or dots on both flanks often in combination with black spots as you can see in image 2, until their eventual color patterns start to shine through as is visible in the remaining photos (those two white lines are also responsible for the reptile's Latin name "bilineata" which means "two-lined") . Once fully grown, the colors of lacerta bilineata can vary greatly with females of the species, while adult males usually look more alike (the back a striking yellowish to emerald green interspersed with black dots, a yellow belly and blue face, all of which much more pronounced during mating season).