Sweden , Finland and the southern Great Britain in the north to northern Greece and the Caucasus in the south and from the Pyrenees in the west to northwest China to the east. 


Lacerta agilis  LINNAEUS, 1758

Subspecies (12):

Lacerta agilis agilis  LINNAEUS, 1758

Lacerta agilis argus  (LAURENTI, 1768)

Lacerta agilis boemica  SUCHOW, 1929

Lacerta agilis bosnica  SCHREIBER, 1912

Lacerta agilis brevicaudata  PETERS, 1958

Lacerta agilis chersonensis  ANDRZEJOWSKI, 1832

Lacerta agilis exigua  EICHWALD, 1831

Lacerta agilis garzoni  PALACIOS & CASTROVIEJO, 1975

Lacerta agilis grusinica  PETERS, 1960

Lacerta agilis ioriensis  PETERS & MUSKHELISCHWILI, 1968

Lacerta agilis mzymtensis  TUNIYEV & TUNIYEV, 2008

Lacerta agilis tauridica  SUCHOW, 1927

Common names:

Sand Lizard (english)
Zauneidechse (german)
Прыткая ящерица (russian)
Lézard agile (french)


Holotype: NRM (RMS, Royal Museum Stockholm)

Terra Typica:

Type locality: South Sweden

Taxonomic notes:

Lacerta boemica SUCHOW, 1929 has been described from the vicinity of the city of Vladikavkaz. The author considered it as a separate species. Later it came to be regarded as a subspecies of Lacerta agilis. Molecular genetic studies recently forced to reconsider its status again and return to the original point of view of SUCHOW(ANDRES et al., 2014). However, the subspecies status was adopted in the publication of KALYABINA-HAUF & ANANJEVA (2004).

More research is needed in areas of overlapping zones of Lacerta [agilis] boemica and Lacerta agilis exigua EICHWALD, 1831 in the territory of Ciscaucasia.

Igor Doronin.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Linnaeus, C. (1758) -  Description of Lacerta agilis and Lacerta algira (= Psammodromus algirus).  -  In: Systema naturae pr regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae, 10th Edition. pp. 203.   

  • Bischoff, W. (1988) -  Zur Verbreitung und Systematik der Zauneidechse, Lacerta agilis LINNAEUS, 1758. -  Mertensiella, Bonn, 1: 11-30.  

  • Doronina, M.A. & Doronin, I.V. & Lukonina, S.A. & Mazanaeva, L.F. & Lotiev, K.Yu. & Ananjeva, N.B. (2023) -  Application of DNA Barcoding to the Study of Green Lizards (Sauria: Lacertidae: Lacerta). -  Genetika, 59 (3): 345-355.  

    М. А. Доронина, И. В. Доронин, С. А. Луконина, Л. Ф. Мазанаева, К. Ю. Лотиев, Н. Б. Ананьева (2023) -  ПРИМЕНЕНИЕ ДНК-ШТРИХКОДИРОВАНИЯ ДЛЯ ИЗУЧЕНИЯ ЗЕЛЕНЫХ ЯЩЕРИЦ (Sauria: Lacertidae: Lacerta) -  ГЕНЕТИКА, 59 (3): 345-355.