Dinarolacerta lizards occur in rocky karst areas at higher altitudes of Mediterranean influence (oromediterranean), sporadically entering inland regions, where suitable habitats exist (up to 90 km in Montenegro) (Bischoff, 1984). Their habitats are exposed to very long, cold, snowy winters, very humid autumns and springs, and hot, dry summers with extreme daytime and night-time temperature changes (between 3 °C and 25 °C) (Matvejev, 1961). As typical petricol species, they are often found on limestone outcrops and rocks in relatively moist and fresh habitats with quite rich vegetation. They often occur around mountain lakes in open deciduous, mixed or coniferous forests (such as in plant communities of subendemo-relic pine of the Balkans - Pinus heldreichii), in degraded woods as well as above the tree-line (Arnold & Ovenden, 2002; Džukić, 1991; Džukić et al., 1997; Ljubisavljević et al., 2007a).
Dinarolacerta lizards are well-adapted to the life in rocky areas and harsh conditions in mountain environments thanks to their specific morphological and ecological traits. A flattened morphology and smooth scales fit their crevice dwelling. They take refuge in narrow crevices, skillfully escaping from predators, such as – Nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) and Smooth-snake (Coronella austriaca) (Bosch, 1989; Veith, 1991).