Imagine a lizard so small that it can use a dry beech leaf as a deck chair - There you have Darevskia praticola! Basically, the genus Darevskia comprises over 30 species, mainly in the Caucasus area, with Darevskia praticola subsp. pontica being its only representative in our area.
In our area, it occurs in southern Romania, parts of Serbia, eastern Bulgaria, the extreme northeast of Greece and the European part of Turkey.
The Meadow Lizard is an inconspicuous, ground-dwelling species which prefers habitats with dense vegetation: We found it in meadows but also in forests, where it often hides in leaf litter.
Within its distribution area, it may be confused with the following species: