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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-07-21 11:50
Viewed: 3153
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Back to Belgium… No, it’s not a lizard’s paradise… but we can find nevertheless 4 different species.
I had the pleasure to spent a while last Sunday with a small gang of Common wall lizards, with about 6 specimens. We played hide-and-seek… This handsome male has bitten me! I must confess that I caressed his head and back when he was in a small crevice (see where on the workshop)…
Photo taken with a ring flash.

Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768)
Family : Lacertidae
Common Wall Lizard [En], Lézard des murailles [Fr], Muurhagedis [Nl], Lucertola muraiola [It]

The common wall lizard is probably the most common of the 4 species that occur in Belgium. We can find also the viviparous lizard ( Zootoca vivipara), the Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) in the extreme south of the country and finally the slow worm (Anguis fragilis), a legless lizard.

The common wall lizard 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 back 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 6 rows of larger rectangular scales that are generally reddish, pink, or orangish. Common wall lizards may also have dark markings on the throat.
They are robust and have a long yet narrow pointed head, their limbs are long and sometimes quite slender, their tail is quite long, sometimes up to twice the size of the body.
They vary quite a bit in pattern, from brownish-greens to browns with spots and blotches of all sorts. Males are more marked then females who are often uniform with maybe a line running down the back.

Habitat: The common wall lizard prefers rocky environments, including urban settings where it can scurry between rock, rubble, debris and buildings.

Range: The natural range spans mainland Europe, including central Spain, southern Belgium, and the Netherlands. It occurs as introduced populations in southern Britain, and also in North America.
In Wallonia, railways constitute valuable habitats for reptile conservation. Some of these species – specifically Podarcis muralis– have most probably colonized new regions through unexpected transportation by merchandise cars.

Wikipedia/Wall lizard
Graitson, E., 2006.Distribution and ecology of reptiles on the rail network in Wallonia, Bulletin de la Société Herpétologique de France.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-21 11:52]

Hi Catherine
Great shot of this lovely Podarcis muralis !
Details are very sharp and colors are perfect!
Congratulation for this beauty!

really nice capture, tfs

Hello Catherine, great shot of this male common wall lizard. In Turkey we use Duvar Kertenkelesi for it.
Excellent one.
TFS and regards,

:) Hi dear, i am sure this handsome boy did not want to injure you. You know they generally make such bites during their courtship process:) hehe. I think all male lizards are a bit sadist:)You captured this beauty perfectly MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-21 22:15]

Hello Catherine,
In Belgium you have one more species of lizard, this one, than we have in Sweden!
A fine capture of a captured cornered male Wall Lizard. Excellent sharpness, colours, POV and eye contact!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-21 22:39]

Hello Catherine,
What a perfect hiding place for this beautiful Liard! A great capture showing it very sharply with great focus on the eye. Lovely colours too and well composed.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi Catherine,
Nice capture with a great composition and eye contact, TFS.

Ciao Catherine, great capture of beautiful lizard, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-07-22 2:13]

Hi Catherine,
What a beautiful shot ..!
Natural color and detail are excellent.
Best wishes,

Ciao Catherine. Perfect sharp, details and fopcus. Intrigant compo.


hallo Catherine
a beauty so fresh and beautiful colours , good light and nice pose in the rock
great shot
greeting lou

bonjour Catherine

si je n'aurais pas commencé à lire ton texte
j'aurais cru que cette photo était prise au Moyent-Orient
(je n'est pas regardé le pays région ville), j'aurais cru
que la photo était prise pendant ton voyage dans le
Moyent-Orient car surtout à cause de cette roche
et également à cause du sujet

une excellente photo superbement focusé
avec de grandes détails et netteté du sujet, TFS


Artístico trabajo a la vez que técnico. Buena y original disposición del reptil. Bien captadas las texturas... y el ojo.
Saludos Catherine: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-23 1:21]

Hello Catherine,
excellent colours in splendid clarity. The crevice of the rock gives a good framing to the composition. Lively view of special skin details and tones.
Such an exciting composition.


Hi Catherine,

Good pov and details from this Beautiful Wall lizard.
Fine colours.
I have been taken a lot pictures from these specie.
They move so fast, unbelieveble.

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