With its brilliant coloration and active nature, the Jeweled Lacerta can make a fine pet for a beginning enthusiast or for an experienced herpetologist. These lovely animals are often kept as pets in Europe, and are popular in other parts of the world as well.
In the wild, Jeweled Lacertas live in breeding pairs. These Lacertas are primarily terrestrial and are quite active, making an enjoyable pet to view in captivity. They spend much of their time basking and burrowing, and hiding under branches, rocks, or foliage. They can also climb quite well. Jeweled Lacertas also spend time hunting for insects and small animals that they can eat. Especially when young, Jeweled Lacertas should be handled frequently. If they do not interact often with people, they can quickly become skittish or wild. They have been known to bite, so care should be taken.
Many Jeweled Lacertas can reach two feet (80 centimeters) in length, and they have stocky body types. Their necks are well defined, and their heads are triangular in shape. The toes and nails of Jeweled Lacertas tend to be long, and can aid in burrowing. Their tails are also long and do not regenerate well, if at all, so care should be taken not to break these appendages. Male Jeweled Lacertas often have heavier jowls than females. Their heads and femoral pores are also broader than those of females. In color, the lovely Jeweled Lacerta is a brilliant green. Iridescent spots, much like those seen at the tops of peacock feathers, adorn their sides.
Jeweled Lacertas are generally found in southwestern regions of Europe, including Spain, southern France, northwestern Africa, and northwestern Italy. More commonly kept in captivity in Europe than in other parts of the world, Jeweled Lacertas can make beautiful and rewarding pets, and are one of the largest lizards found in Europe.