Habitat preferences of European green lizard Lacerta viridis (Laurenti 1768) in a protected area, Romania


  • Eliana SEVIANU Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Science, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. *Corresponding author: eliana.sevianu@ubbcluj.ro https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7208-3878
  • Mădălina PETRIȘOR Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Science, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Cristian-Valeriu MALOȘ Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Science, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7698-1314
  • Tibor HARTEL Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Science, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0469-8923




afforestation, nature protected areas, habitat alteration.


Anthropic induced changes in land use modify the habitat and microhabitat conditions for many species. Afforestation and grazing abandonment in steppe-like grasslands alters the characteristics of open natural areas. We aim to understand the habitat preferences of the European Green lizard in a nature reserve affected by both processes, using CORINE land cover and data recorded in the field. The results show that the species prefers sparsely shrubbed areas and edge habitat but avoids the interior of the pine plantation and totally open grassland. On microhabitat scale, most preferred structures were shrubs and logs. CORINE Landover data yields statistically less robust information than the microhabitat features recorded in the field Management measures should aim to increase habitat heterogeneity and to decrease compact afforested areas.

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Article history: Received: 1 April 2022; Revised: 29 May 2022; Accepted: 11 June 2022; Available online: 30 June 2022.


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