Carbonell's Wall Lizard is an enchanting species: Being closely related to Podarcis virescens, it has quite a different temper as the latter one. This delicate and small lizard appears rather shy and cautious - although it is really tough: It is even able to survive in dune areas with sparse vegetation and permanently blowing cool wind.
Being specialized on such cool climates, it has stable populations at the Atlantic coast. However, the remaining inland populations in mountain areas (Peña de Francia, Serra da Estrela) seem to rapidly decrease - maybe a result of global warming.
Besides of the nominate subspecies, subspecies berlengensis has been described for the Islas Berlengas and adjoining Peniche Peninsula (Portugal).
Podarcis carbonelli differs from all other Iberian Wall Lizards by generally showing greenish flanks but no green backs. It can be distinguished from other species by the following characters: