Like other members of the Lacertidae family, the grass-loving lizard is likely to be a carnivore and to hunt during the day (4). Lizards in this family are active foragers and use a combination of vision and scent to locate and catch insect prey (5).
An excellent climber, the grass-loving lizard uses its long tail for balance on the slender vegetation associated with its habitat. It also burrows in sandy soil under grass clumps, using its strong forelimbs in conjunction with backwards propulsion from the hind limbs to push the sand (2).
Little specific information is available on the breeding behaviour of the grass-loving lizard. Members of the Lacertidae family are not generally territorial, although territories may be established during the breeding season, with males perching on rocks or other such vantage points (4) (5). Male lacertids typically try to persuade females to mate, rather than using force, by using spasmodic push-up actions to display. Receptive females respond by nodding the head, which encourages the male to pursue the female further. The male continues the display intermittently while approaching the female, and may grasp the side of the female’s neck with his jaws during mating (4).
The grass-loving lizard is an egg-laying species (1). Although specific details of its clutches are not known, they may be similar to those of closely related species, which may have small clutches of four to eight eggs on average (4).
Some lacertid lizards are able to shed their tail if attacked by a predator, which may distract the predator long enough for the lizard to escape. Eventually, a new tail grows around the bud of the previous tail, although it is never as long as the original. Loss of part of the tail in this manner can impair a lizard’s ability to run, climb and balance (5).