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Beware of the Charming Lizard...

Beware of the Charming Lizard...
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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: 2009-06-27
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-23 11:14
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It seems that some TN members could not resist to the charming glance of females lizards… My duty is to warn them… If you see the ticks on the back of this charming lizard, you will understand what I mean :)
In French, a proverb said : « Celui qui dort avec le chien, se réveille avec les puces », Those who sleep with dog will rise with fleas…

Anatololacerta oertzeni oertzeni (Werner, 1904)
Family : Lacertidae
Common names: Oertzen’s Rock Lizard (EN), Örtzen Kertenkelesi (TU), Τουρκική Σαύρα (GR)

Anatololacerta (Anatolian Rock Lizards) genus includes more closely related three species which are mainly endemic to Anatolia: Anatololacerta anatolica, Anatololacerta oertzeni and Anatololacerta danfordi. They are known from the Western and SW Turkey and some neighbouring Aegean islands including Samos, Ikaria and Rhodes.

Anatololacerta oertzeni is listed as Least Concern, in the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List, in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. It is declining on the island of Rhodes, but remains common on the surrounding islets. The forest fires are a major threat.

Anatololacerta oertzeni oertzeni is a subspecies endemic to Ikaria island.

For more info about Anatololacerta genus, see the extensive note and a photo of Anatololacerta anatolica anatolica made by our friend Bayram Göçmen.

Budak, A. & Göçmen, B.
(2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp [2nd Edition, 2008].
Herpetofauna of Greece
IUCN Red List

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-23 11:18]

Hi Catherine. A good Proverb i know many more but not for TN !!. You were able to take a first class close up of this one with fine detail around the head area. We can see all of the markings on the skin. all with natural colours. well taken TFs.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-23 11:52]

Hi Catherine,
Very beautiful capture of this lizard.She is also pretty with
her ticks:)Sharpness,details and framing are perfect.
Thanks for posting..

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-23 11:58]

Hola amiga,
mimetic capture
good focus and original pov,
saludos Cath.

Hahaha:)) Thank you M ₰ F Catherine:)

Firstly, i think some stones came to my head:) But in this case, i have to state that an another proverb "love me, love my dog!. Hehe... Althgout she has mites on her flank, she has still capricious (₰-i am sure you know this sign:D) glances;-)
Secondly, thanks a lot that you showed us a really significant document regarding some parasitic visitors of our lizard beauties;
Thirdly, I indebted to you since “you showed respect to labor”, although we could see some contrary examples:) that you also detected.
And finally, thanks for sharing this charming beauty which is also the Greek cousin of our Turkish Anatolian Rock lizard with us:)
Have a great night arkadaşım!
İyi geceler,


Ciao Catherine, great portrait of charming lizard, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-23 12:50]

Hello Catherine,
A superb portrait of this female Oertzen's Rock Lizard, great POV taken with fine sharpness and colours to show her mites clearly too.
I presume that these mites are host specific!
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Catherine
great macro of this beautiful colored lizard
great pose with good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • nokk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 21] (214)
  • [2010-02-23 13:08]

hi Catherine,
he! he! these ticks have their "train"!:))
and you managed to make a great picture of this "train" perfectly camouflaged,my compliments!

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-23 13:49]

What a beautiful ticks Catherine....(just kidding..........)
Perfect shot MF that show the great lizard's skin pattern by the light angle.
Charming liza and charming pic too. Congrats,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-23 14:04]

Bonsoir Catherine,
Cette capture magnifique.
J'adore ce POV particulier. Les détails et les couleurs sont fabuleuses.
Qu'est-ce camouflage bonne, elle se tient seulement Lizard.
Une belle soirée,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-02-23 14:31]

Slav Catherîne,
An excellent capture of this lovely lizard from great POV.Very good sharp details and wonderful colors.TFS,

Hi Catherine.
Excellent picture with very clear details...Notes are great and useful...Well done...It is very attractive lady... Very natural colors and nice composition...Bravo...Thanks for share, I enjoyed to look at this picture...
Best Wishes and regards..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-23 15:47]

Salut Catherine,mais quelle qualite',je pense que nos amis Bayram sera un peu jealou de cette photo..ehehe...fantastique nettete',lumiere,couleurs et composition.Mes plus gros compliments,bonne journee',LUCIANO

Hello Catherine,
An attractive picture (although ticks)! With excellent POV and lighting perfectly well used. '
Also good on the photo ... Your note attached! made me laugh a lot! and the response of Bayram, very, very good too! Definitely, many members worrieds because Bayram's fondness for female lizards! :-)
TFS, regards,

Hi Catherine.
Wonderful photo of this cute and poor lady lizard:). Details and composition are great.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-24 4:23]

Hi Catherine,
very beautifully shown details of the lizard. The skin is so special, details and features are well shown.
I like its pose between the rock.
Well presented.


Ciao Catherine,
superb portrait de ce lézard dans une merveilleuse pose avec de beaux details, magnifiques couleurs, trčs jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

Hello Catherin, beautiful and lovely shot of this poor cute female Oertzene's lizard with nice point of view and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-24 16:58]

Hello Catherine,
Congratulations on this impressive close u shot of a lady lizard with nice details and compositions.
TFS and G's,

Ciao Catherine. Top details here with intritant lights and bright colurs. The best DOF in a good vertical taken.


bonjour Catherine

une superbe photo de ce Lézard camouflé avec son environement,
prise par un excellent POV et cadrage approprié, superbe focus
netteté et détails, la pose du sujet apporte du dynamisme ŕ l'image,



Hi Catherine,
Fascinating close-up portrait of this beautiful East Mediterranean species. I myself like reptiles very much (of course including lizards), and this pic is an excellent example to show their beauty. Fantastic sharpness, focus, lights, background. Masterful job. Bravo Madame.
Have a nice weekend, best regards, László

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