Zootoca – Viviparous lizard

The genus contains one of the very few viviparous (giving birth to living young instead of eggs) lizards

The genus Zootoca contains the viviparous lizards of Eurasia. Because it gives birth to live offspring, it is called a viviparous reptile and is found farther north than any other non-marine reptile. This single species represents the whole of the Zootoca genus.

This genus is fascinating because of how unique it is. The individuals of this genus are exclusively carnivores, feeding on a diet of flies, spiders, and other insects, rather than omnivores like most of the other lizard species.

Apart from that, these lizards have the highest range of temperature resistance of all lizards, including those living in the subarctic region.