Neither have that rapid movement, so characteristic of the genera Lacerta and Iguana.
It was named Lacerta by Hevelius in 1690, and this name it still retains.
The only land reptile is a small lizard (Lacerta dugesii), which is abundant and is very destructive to the grape crop.
The following description, taken in the main from my own observations, applies to Lacerta muralis.
The stars γ and β are pointer stars to a fifth-magnitude star the lucida of the asterism Lacerta, the lizard about 15° from β.
Our English lizards are true lizards, belonging to the typical genus Lacerta and to the typical family Lacertidæ.
Linnus mentions three species, which he places with his great genus Lacerta.
The same root kar leads through something like kar-kar-ta, glakarta (glazard in Breton), to Lacerta and to “lizard.”
It is the Lacerta crocodilus of Linnus, from Greek (krokodeilos) a word of uncertain origin.
The common guana (Lacerta iguana) is naturally extremely gentle and harmless.