Position to the sun  son

A garden facing south or southeast has preference. Lizards are already active early in the morning, as soon as the sun is shining in the garden. In March or October that is from ten oíclock in the morning until about five in the afternoon. But in June the sun is already shining in the garden at seven in the morning until nearly half past nine in the evening.

The biotope of green lizards, for instance, is described as mosaic shaped. This means there is a lot of variety in a small area, so, low vegetation and higher bushes, open areas, dry sandy, but also moist or wet parts (in sun and shadow). All important in regard to temperature regulation, finding food, laying eggs, seeking cover and hibernation.

All through the year the green lizards are more active in the morning than during the rest of the day. In summer, but also later in spring, they take an extensive ďsiestaĒ during the afternoon. When the weather is nice during spring the animals are active all day long and in summer often only in the morning (and sometimes late in the afternoon). When the day starts cloudy or rainy and it starts only to clear in the course of the afternoon, most of my animals donít show themselves anymore. But when the day starts sunny and later turns gray, all the animals are present in the morning. Uncertain weather conditions are really the best. Meaning, half cloudy, half sunny or even better, when the sun has difficulty shining through the clouds. The animals need to sunbathe often and long and have short active periods divided over the day. Near autumn, and that starts at the end of August, activity diminishes quickly, often you can see them only part of the day.

Places to shelter and to take a sunbath are both equally important and take into consideration that there have to be more places where the animals can each sunbathe and crawl away separately. In a small space like a terrarium it usually causes no problems when several animals make use of the heat lamp at the same time. As soon as we release these same animals into the garden, they absolutely donít tolerate each other anymore (seen it myself). The path to the shed is satisfactory as a place to sunbathe just as well as a terrace, a windowsill or several specially placed tree-stumps, tree-trunks, stones or walls. Also remember they need to be able to take sunbaths in the morning as well as in the evening.

For the shelters the following goes: every animal will claim its own hole and will defend it against competition. These holes arenít occupied by the same animal during the whole season. In the summer they often use other shelters than in autumn or during breeding time. One of the male green lizards likes to use a hollow leg of the holder of the garden hose during warm nights or a spot behind the watering can on the terrace. Over the summer I often see green lizards spend the night between the branches of the shrubs.
They donít often dig themselves, but they usually use suitable spots already present, such as a pile of wood or some loose stones, a cavity underneath a big tree-stump, an overhanging edge of the pond, space under the shed or the tiles of the path, etc. As I described earlier, around the end of August preparations start for their hibernation. From that moment on the animals are seen more often in the vicinity of the hibernation spots. They often share a place in the sun with several individuals. I donít know whether they hibernate together in the same place. I suspect that they do.