Neotropical: Endemic to Mexico. Found in pine - oak and cloud (mesophylic)
forests of Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca.
Physical characteristics: Dorso -
ventrally compressed lizard with triangular head, reaching SV length
of 10 cm (16 cm tail included). Preauricular scales granular. Twelve
rows of ventral scales. Coloration quite variable, from green to brownish
on dorsal side, underbody lighter - creamy color.
Food habits: In captivity feeds mainly
on insects, but reportedly also consumes smaller species of lizards.
Behavior: Arboreal, usually found
in epiphytic vegetation.
Habitat: Pine - oak and cloud (mesophylic) forests in altitudes
of 1300 - 2800 m above sea level.
Biomes: temperate forests
Conservation: Species listed in NOM
(Norma Oficial Mexicana) as species in risk, due to significant habitat
loss, small area of distribution (estimated to only around 11, 500
sq. km) and suspected pressure from illegal trade.