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Pseudopus apodus - Oluklu Kertenkele

Pseudopus apodus - Oluklu Kertenkele
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-04 14:19
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Hello Everybody
Nowadays, I couldnt visit much TN and so your posts. As I already noted in my last two posts, I was in Cyprus for field studies. When I came back, I stayed in Adana for two days. Now, I am back in this small town, Niğde, again.
Today's post is a reptile species, Ophisaurus apodus (Pallas, 1775) (synonym: Pseudopus apodus) - Oluklu Kertenkele [TR], European Glass Lizard [EN] (Lacertilia: Anguidae). It was from my Muğla-Denizli trip in last month. We (with Veysel) found it in Sedir Island in Gökova Bay (Muğla: Ula). Local people mistakenly call it as "sarıyılan [=yellow snake]". This is actually a lizard species without legs and the longest lizard species with lenght of 1-1.5 m in Europe. Its Western Turkish populations belong to O. a. thracius Obst, 1980, but North and North-eastern populations belong to the nominative subspecies.

I noted "Pseudopus apodus" as a synonym of Ophiosaurus apodus, when I upload its shots. After Bayram Göçmen (boreocypriensis)'s comments, I changed species name to synonym and the synonym to species name on the contrary. I know both names and I also searched shortly, before uploading and I saw that some authors used one of two, some others prefered second name.
Thanks to Bayram Göçmen for your valuable contribution.

You can see total body in Workshop.
I hope you will like.

Baran, İ. and Atatür, M.K. (1998): Turkish Herpetofauna (Amphibians & Reptiles), Ministry of Environment, Ankara, 214 pp.
Budak, A. and Göçmen, B. (2005): Herpetology, Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No: 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008].

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  • goldyrs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
  • [2008-06-04 19:27]
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Excellent shot, Ahmet!Very sharp, and excellent POV.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-04 20:18]

Hi Ahmet.
Wellcome back My friend, I really miss Your fine work here, and I am glad to see them again, now with an excellent photo of this reptile. Very sharp and good light.
Saludos Ahmet.

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Selam to you in Nigde!
many thanks for this wonderful macro of Glass Lizard!
the image is very sharp with good natural colour and superb details in every part!
many thanks for sharing
do take care and my best wishes on your field trip

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-04 22:01]
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Hi Ahmet

Great close-up of this lizard - excellent detail from a good POV.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-04 22:02]
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Merhaba Ahmet,
An excellent close portrait of the European Glass lizard and a great WS showing the whole body. Both are technically superb and well composed.
It is great to see these images: I has seen a large one briefly in Lesbos a couple of years ago but never had the chance to photograph it.
I hope you had a successful trip to Cyprus and that you were able to take some pictures.
Thanks for sharing these fine images.
Best wishes to you and your family,

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  • fragman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3030 W: 11 N: 2351] (43776)
  • [2008-06-04 22:16]
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nice close up, greetings Ori

Hi Ahmet, wonderful shot of my fav. subject my friend! You captured it in well conditions. It would be beter to mention that the grooves -which has not got any dermal bony plates apart from the other body parts- on the body sides which they serve as respiration facilitative structures since these lizards has bony plates (osteoderm) embeded in their skin. The other subject is that the all Turkish population of the species are not only belong to a single subspecies, O. a. thracius. The animals from N and E Anatolia are belongs to the nominate race, O. a. apodus my friend! I am sure you can see these infos in our book (Budak & Göçmen, 2005) which we have sent you [this book also is exist in my web side as a PDF -open access-]. Anyway, your capture is excellent in all ways. TFS. Cheers,


Very excellent work Ahmet, both in this shot and in the workshop. I continue to be amazed at the diversity of life seen on this site, this one just adds to that. The detail seen here is very excellent, looking at his eye and even down to each one of his scales. You have very good exposure providing this excellent detail, and very good colour of this legless lizard.

Thanks, John

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-05 0:59]
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Ahmet Hocam güzel görüntülemişsiniz. Elinize emeğinize sağlık.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-05 1:09]
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Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Güzel bir çalışma.Detaylar,bakış noktası,kadraj ve gözler mükemmel.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

Elinize sağlık Ahmet Hocam nefis bir kare olmuş.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-05 1:46]

What a weird lizard! We have Slow Worms here but atleast the head matches that of the body, this one looks like someone crudely stuck a lizards head onto a glossy tube :-)
Very finely detailed with great sharpness.
Nice composition and an effective close crop.
It's very useful being able to see the whole body in the WS too.

Well done and thankyou for sharing this!


Hola Ahmed'im,
Az daha bilgisayarı kapatıyordum, senin "post" geldi, en sevdiğim, aylarca evimde beslediğim bir türün nefis iki görüntüsünü sunmuşsun, böyle güzel reptil değerlendirmelerinle Bayram'ı gaza getirdiğini bilmelisin dostum, ama bu Ophisaurus görüntülerinin (nedense Pseudopus adına bir türlü ısınamadım) içimi ısıttığını söyleyebilirim, sağolasın.

Hello Ahmet,
nice shot of this lizard!
the new name of the lizard is Pseudopus apodus.

Merhaba Hocam,
Çok güzel kareler, elinize sağlık.

Hi Ahmet

I actually like the workshop image better. Great composition and sharpness; great scale detail.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-05 8:48]

Hi Ahmet,

A wonderful close-up of this Glass Lizard with outstanding details of the face and skin. I love the eye! The pose on the rock is excellent. I'm so glad you posted the workshop showing how long this lizard is.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-05 13:26]

Merhaba ahmet bey doğadaki varlıkların hepsinin ayrı bir güzelliği var bunları görmek çok hoş ellerinize sağlık pek güzel olmuş.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-05 20:32]

Hello Ahmet

A very unique looking lizard.
The textures are well seen.
Very good eye detail.
Well composed in the frame.


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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-05 21:18]

Excellent composition of Ophisaurus apodus, Ahmet! So detail and I could see the red dots on the body, wonder what it stand for. Very useful notes, too. TFS.
Salaam from Indonesia


Salam Ahmet. I am not into reptile so much :-), but this image is beautiful. Sharp capture with interesting scaly detail. It must be interesting for you to be doing field-work. All the best and thanks for sharing. Best regards from Malaysia. Jusni

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-11 13:05]

merhaba hocam
valla her dalda iyisin bravo
guzel bir acidan basarili bir sunum yapmissin
renkli, oldukca net ve detayli bir kadraj
eline saglik

Doğada görmeyi en çok istediğim canlılardan bu da...
ellerinize sağlık Ahmet hocam

Çok güzel Ahmet Bey.
yerel bir televiziyon dizisinde çok zehirli bir yılan rolünde oynatılıyordu.
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