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Podarcis muralis (female)

Podarcis muralis (female)
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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/13.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-13 12:23
Viewed: 3450
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This lady Common wall lizard, with her large belly (gravid?) likes to bask vertically, not far from a crevasse, ready to run inside in case of danger. She let me approach her, but not too close!

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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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-13 12:46]

Hi Catherine
Another great lizard from you:wonderful colors and details.

hello Catherine
veru good sharpness pose with good light and beautiful colours and great details
greeting lou

Hello Cathy, another great shot. This is realy beautiful lady lizard. May be gravid:). I think there are subspecific differences between Belgium and Turkish animals (subspecies muralis). In here they a bit redish and black lateral band are weakly prominent.
TFS and kind regards,


Hi Catherine,

I have also pictures from these lizards specie maybe I posted them later on TN.
Nice picture from the Wall Lizard and yes it's difficult to come close, I know that.
Great details and sharpness with fine colours.


I too have a lizard's photo -the only animal i can photograph for a bit- to insert here, but continuing in this way you will kill my courage.Seriously, another great shot, the yield of scales is sensational, a drawing.

Hi Catherine,

Although we like around here rastlanınan rock lizard, the wall is a separate species of lizard, for sure.
Tread pattern and detail is excellent and very clear.
Excellent perspective and top-shooting techniques.
Into the hands of health care.

Best Regards,

Ciao Catherine. Soon a lot of snall lizars, i think... Stunning detaisl and very good sharp. Excelelnte DOF.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-13 15:51]

Salut Catherine,simplement parfaite,avec des details au top et une composition originale,excellent le contrast avec le mur! Mes compliments et bonne journee',LUCIANO

Hi Catherine,
Another nice capture of this beautiful wall lizard. Good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Catherine, great capture of lovely lizard, splendid light, beautiful natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details. very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-14 5:26]

Fine texture of this lizard captured well with good lighting, fine image. tfs.

Hallo Catherine,
une autre très belle photo de lézard, fantastiques couleurs camouflées, excellente netteté, très jolie composition
Merci et félicitations
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Catherine,
Lovely and perfect shot of this lovely pregnant lady with excellent composition and pose!
TFS and regards,

Hello Catherine.
Splendid catch of this cute lizard with fine pose and beautiful composition.
TFS. Kind regards,

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

Beautiful lighting and colors make this a pleasure to the eye.

Well done,


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