The Peloponnese is a hotspot for endemism and thus, it may not surprise that it also holds a specific Wall Lizard species: Podarcis peloponnesiacus, a robust lizard with males often showing spectacular orange and blue colours in spring. This species can be found in rocky areas as well as in gardens and olive groves.
During mating season, males can be quite territorial and highly agressive. On the other hand, they seem to be able to establish pairbonds with their partners which seem to last significantly longer than mating season - A remarkable behavior for such a small reptile.
Besides of the nominate subspecies, subspecies thais has been described for the Argolis peninsula. It shows whitish instead of orange throats. The Parnon and the Arcadian mountain ranges mark the distribution limit between this and the nominate subspecies.
Podarcis peloponnesiacus co-occurs with three other Podarcis species: