The diet of Schreiber’s green lizard consists of insects, reptiles, young birds and fruit. As a diurnal species, it is only active to search for food during the day. Schreiber’s green lizard, as with other members of the Lacertid family, is specially adapted to catch its prey, with a flattened body which enables it to search small crevices in rocks. Using its long well developed limbs for locomotion, it can also run away from predators and hide (2) (3) (8) (9).
Schreiber’s green lizard is active from March to September, with mating occurring in April or May (3). A single clutch of between 11 and 18 eggs (1) is laid during June (2).
The male Schreiber’s green lizard does not defend a territory, but confrontation between males is not uncommon. Males will often maintain physical contact with the female to prevent a rival from mating. The male may also give a threat display to other males, in which the head is tilted and the side of the body is presented to the opposing male, making it look bigger and showing the extent of its colouration (3). Like other members of the Lacertid family, Schreiber’s green lizard also has femoral pores on the underside of its legs, which may be used to chemically communicate with rivals and potential mates (3) (8).
The dominant male Schreiber’s green lizard will mate with the most females; however, it does not get exclusive access. The female may occasionally flee and hide from the dominant male, enabling it to mate with another male (3).