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Podarcis muralis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Podarcis muralis (NL: Muurhagedis / EN: Common wall lizard, European wall lizard / DE: Mauereidechse / FR: Lézard des murailles) is a species of lizard with a large distribution in Europe and well-established introduced populations in North America. It can grow to about 20 cm in total length. Podarcis muralis prefers rocky environments, including urban settings, where it can scurry between rock, rubble, debris and buildings. It is a small, thin lizard whose small scales are highly variable in colour and pattern. Its coloration is generally brownish or greyish, and may occasionally be tinged with green. In some individuals, the row of spots along their backs may form a line, while others may have a reticulated pattern with dark spots on the side and scattered white spots that can be blue in the shoulder region. The tail is brown, grey or rust in colour, and may also have light bars on the sides. The belly region has six rows of larger rectangular scales that are generally reddish, pink, or orangish. They may also have dark markings on the throat.

Image: Soglio (CH) – 12/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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jay from MUMBAI, India

Awesome details on this reptile !!

1 Sep 2012 8:17am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent closeup shot! Textures are really stunning. Nice DOF too.

1 Sep 2012 3:03pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Il est splendide avec cet arrière plan, magnifique macro. Bonne soirée.

1 Sep 2012 4:18pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors!

1 Sep 2012 6:10pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Excellent closeup !


1 Sep 2012 7:36pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
ISO 200
150 mm