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Common Wall Lizard


Common Wall Lizard
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-400, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications to Bayram, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-28 6:19
Viewed: 5058
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is dedicated to Bayram Gocmen and his students who all love reptiles :-)
I hope one of them will be able to help me I.D. this too... I think it's a Wall Lizard but I'm not sure.

This is my first wild reptile on TN too and was once again taken in France :-)

I hope you like it!

Thanks Bayram for identifying this as a female Common Wall Lizard.

The common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is a species of lizard with a large distribution in Europe and well-established introduced populations in North America, where it is also called the European wall lizard. It can grow to about 20 cm in total length.

The common wall lizard is a small, thin lizard whose small scales are highly variable in color 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.

The common wall lizard is a small, thin lizard whose small scales are highly variable in color 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.

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.

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

Thanks!

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Hi Joe,
Wonderful colour and clarity (as usual) in this lizard shot. Doesn't France have some beauties? I used to have Green Lizards and a Jacksons Chamaeleon that someone at boarding school brought me back from Nice.
The patterns on this one are so stark ... really cool.
Had a bit of a practice with the Raynox today but haven't quite got it right yet.
Ended up shooting the Spoonbill in the lagoon in the end. I'll keep at it though.
Cheers
Steve

Brilliant my good young friend. I was thinking of Bayram last night and remarking to Jane who much we love his website. he is a genuine hero for me in his field and a dedication to him seems certainly fitting at very least.

You certainly didn't waste any of your vacation time on amsuement rides, or tanning on the beach with the young women...you had that camera with you and ready for a go right off...man oh man Joey...You are one dedicated guy. You remind me so much of myself at that age..I always had a camera at the ready. And this work shows you also carried your talent with you and an open eye as well as a plan to learn...and now to pass that one..VERY cool Joey. One day many people will look up to you with a great amount of respect...even more than now!:-)
Bob

Hi OwlMan:)

A realy superb macro/portait shot with great details on the head scalation of a female Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis brogniardi). Also you captured it in a cute facial expression. I think she stare at you with passion:). Simply perfect shot in all around! TFS this beauty and also thanks a lot for this pleasant tribute to me and my students Joe!
Cheers,

Bayram

hello joe,
you have refined your skills as a macro photographer very well and its visible in your positings, i liked the details you captured, the skin of this reptile looks so beautiful liked the pov and the composition too, a well deserving dedication to our friend bayrem,
well done,
tfs & regards
pankaj

Hola Joe excelente primer plano, nitida y con buen detalle.
Color natura y agradable. Un saludo

Hi Joe!
Very nice capture and very good dedication to our our herpetologists from Cyprus!
I like this close-up because of sharpness, colours and very nice DOF. The rock (?) in the front of lizard is out of focus, but the main object - a reptile, is very well presented.
TFS and have a nice evening!
Greetings,
Radomir

very nice close up portrait! excellent colours and sharpness. Great detail, pov and dof
Tfs
Ilias

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-28 9:21]

Hello Joe,
Perfect macro shot!
Details,POV and DOF are impressive.Also your note is very good.
Thanks for sharing
Regards Siggi

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-08-28 10:26]

Hi Joe,
Nice portrait. Brilliant colors, focus on eye.
Well done and TFS
Kaszek

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-28 13:04]

Hi Joe. You seem to have taken some fantstic picture on your hoilday . as you said before we have not had the weather this year . this is a fine close up of the Lizard. which you have captured with fine detail and natural colours. well done TFS.
Nick..

Hello Joe,
Its scales are definitely variable in color and pattern compared to similar species. However I'm not a highly trained ninja in these matters. I guess Bayram is the man here and of course there a lot of other lizard
experts here. I was a bit surprised to hear it occurs in Belgium.
Pity I live in the northern part. Belgium is such a big country:-).
TFS
Annick

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-28 13:45]

Hello Joe,
Fantastic photo in a brilliant pose. Great sharpness and colours. Perfect POV and composition. A very nice dedication.
Kind regards,
Peter

Hey Joey another lovely shot. I said to Steve just yesterday what an amazing photographer you are. You have done some awesome shots. I actually visited your website the other day. You have a real gift. This is a nice shot to, interesting POV and nice and sharp. Great shot.

Happy Snapping
Nicki

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-28 16:14]

Hi Joe,

As soon as I saw the thumbnail I thought of how much Bayram will love this one. Now I see you have dedicated it to him. Wonderful!! A really amazing close close-up of the Wall Lizard with superb colors and details of the eye and skin. Excellent lighting, pov, background and composition.

Jane

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-08-28 17:06]

My little JOey, hellooo! I have been away a long time but came very often to look at the pictures on TN. I now work on the computer all day long and have less time and feel less like posting and everything. I love this picture, it is sharp and singularly very Joeyian. Thank you!

Francine

Hi Joe,
A nice captured portrait of this beautiful wall lizard of France. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-08-29 3:32]

Hello Joe, This is superb note and excellent sharp picture. I think you had a very time in your vacation Lovely note too. Ganesh

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-29 4:16]

Perfect close-up capture of this beautiful wall lizard Joe. Also thanks for your kind dedication.
Greetings,
Mehmet

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-29 6:29]

Hello Joe,
What an impressive close-up of this fine Lizard with great focus on the eye and very sharp details of the skin. I like the POV and the fine soft background too. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe,
Very good close-up capture of this lizzard. Good and very sharp details, excellent POV and DOF, good catch eye and bright natural colours.
TFS
Cheers
Pekka

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-29 18:10]

Hello Joe,
Fantastic capture of this Wall Lizard, Details and colors are awesome. Skin texture is well recorded. Eye contact is brilliant. Good composition and POV too.
Thanks for sharing
vral

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2008-08-30 4:07]

Hi Joe,what a impressive details this lizard,a pic of incredible quality as your style,i like a lot beacuse the lizard seem happy too..ehehe...my best compliments,have a nice day and thanks to show us this beauty,Luciano

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-30 7:39]

Very nice portrait of that lizard Joe! Great shaarpness, good background and fine composition, the dof is a bit short though. Well done, thanks!

Mario

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