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Lacerta bilineata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Lacerta bilineata (NL: Westelijke smaragdhagedis / EN: Western Green Lizard / DE: Westliche Smaragdeidechse / FR: Lézard vert occidental, Lézard à deux bandes) is a wall lizard of the Lacertidae family. The species was first described by Daudin in 1802 and formally part of Lacerta virids until recently. Lacerta from Latin meaning lizard, bilineata comes from latin and is composed of two words, the first meaning 'double', 'two' and the second meaning 'line', this name has been given due to the juveniles and sub-adults two lines on the top of the flanks. They are characterised by their lime green scales, males are characterised by their often blue throat. They hatch at around 3 to 4 cm long, averaging about 13 cm long growing up to sometimes 15 cm long (measures not including tail, max. adult size tail included is up to 40 cm long). It is found in Andorra, Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, on Jersey in the British Isles, and the United States. Their typical habitat consists green areas rich in water, in dry areas they can be found near the river where tall green leafed trees grow and there is green grass. They otherwise need a large area of open grassland with a lot of heavy dense vegetation scattered around. They are very common at the edges of woods where they can come out into open areas and live in the dense bushes at the woods edge. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Image: Soglio (CH) – 12/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Wat een prachtige macro! Mooie details en belichting. Ik wens je een aangename zondag.

2 Sep 2012 7:42am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Very nice close-up!

2 Sep 2012 8:23am

jay from MUMBAI, India

Terrific Macro !!

2 Sep 2012 8:45am

Francisco from Miami, United States


2 Sep 2012 2:00pm

Dana from Tarzana, CA,, United States

This really pops. Superb.

2 Sep 2012 5:29pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful colors & lights!

2 Sep 2012 10:38pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm