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Podarcis muralis (juvenile)

Podarcis muralis (juvenile)
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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: 2010-09-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 12:29
Viewed: 3336
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
With this juvenile Wall Lizard, I will close this family report… Juveniles are quite easy to approach and they flee only if I touch them. Their size is those of a small finger. You can realise it better on the WS. You can also notice that the throat is lighter than those of the adults.

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

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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Well, what can i say, another great photo capture.Perfect details as always.Nothing to add that already hasn't been said.Observing i'll learn.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-09-14 13:01]

Hi Catherine. Its nice to see one of your pictures again . This is a text book close up of this common wall Lizard. You have been able to capture the fine detail in the skin markings. I like the way its head is tured around to look at you. TFS.

Nice to see a young boy after male and femele Catherine in a lovely posture.
TFS and cheers,


hello Catherine
super sharpness and with great details
lovely pose with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-14 23:16]

Hi Catherine.
Simply amazing shot with fantastic precise DOF, vivid colours, tack sharp details and unique scene. Combination of gray and blue colours and luxurious colour pattern of the lizard create a perfectly looking composition. Bravo.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-09-14 23:19]

Great! Ilike the WS even better, showing that magnificent tail.

Have a pleasant and productive day, Catherine!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-15 2:18]

Salut Catherine,une nettete' etonnante,quelle merveille! Et une nouvelle fois une etrange et curieuse position pour creer une photo magnifique.Mes compliments et bonne journee',LUCIANO

Hello Catherine,
Lovely and greta shot of this young lizard with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

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