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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-08 0:38
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Points: 62
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Pseudopus apodus (=Ophisaurus apodus) (Glass Lizard) [in Turk. Oluklu Kertenkele, in Swed. Scheltopusik]

Today another two post (one in WS-total appearance) of this beautiful legless lizard which I encountered in different location from Çarık Village located near of the Uluabat Lake (Karacabey, Bursa) at sunset time.

TFL and Have a nice day!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


Glass Lizard is a large member of the family Anguidae, limbless and snake-like in appearance. It is a diurnal species, living in rodent burrows or stone plenty, as well as in dense undergrowth. It is able to climb dense bushes. In the hotter months it is active only in the mornings and late afternoon. It prefers the temperatures between 20 and 26°C. When threatened, the animal can move with surprising speed, it shoots 5-10 m forward and preferably downhill. It is known to feed on various invertebrates (like hard-shelled snails, various beetles and orthopterans) and also on small vertebrates (like shrews, rodents, lizards and even snakes). Occasionally, fruits of wild plants are eaten as well. Mating season starts end of March and can last until June. Females are laid between 8-12 eggs. After an incubation period of about 45 days, young appear between July and September.

Glass Lizard has a head is nearly indistinct from body. Ear openings are distinct. Head covered with plates, but often hard to recognize in older individuals the large frontals. A prominent groove on the flanks extending from head to vent, furnished with small and smooth scales. There are 12-14 dorsal scale rows, and 10 longitudinal ventral rows, with the lateral groove forming a separation between dorsal and ventral scale rows. The number of ventral plates is 112-124. There’re 2-3 mm long rudimentary hind limbs on the sides of the anal cleft. Dorsal scales are strongly keeled in young animals, smoothing out with age. Coloration is uniformly yellow to dark brown, the head is often lighter. Some individuals have reddish spots. Juveniles have a typical pattern of dark cross bands on head and body. Tail is about 150 % of Snout-vent length. Although a maximum total length of 144 cm has been reported for this species, it has generally a meter length as an average value. Sexual dimorphism is weakly developed, males are slightly larger than females.

Glass Lizard prefers light woodlands, with dry and warm hillsides; often found near stream banks; occasionally also close to agricultural fields. It is known from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and Turkey and also in the Balkan, Aegean Islands, coast of former Yugoslavia, Caucasus. An introduced population seems to exist in Austria. It is represented with two subsepecies. The nominotypic subspecies (P. a. apodus) is found in the eastern part of the range, and the western populations assigned to P. a. thracius. In Turkey, the nominate race lives in E & N. Anatolia, while P. a. thracius is distributed in Turkish Thrace (European Turkey) and W. Anatolia.


1. Göçmen, B. (Unpub. results). The results of herpetological trips.
2. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008].
3. Disi, A. M., Modry, D., Necas, P. & Rifai, L. (2001). Amphibians and Reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, 408 pp.

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what a coincidence! Anguidae posted together...

Bütün canlılarda gövde ile kafa arasında şekilsel bir farklılık var genelde,bu canlıda olmaması onun biraz tuhaf görünüşlü olmasına sebep oluyor gibi.Kafa nerde başlıyor gövde nerde tam belirgin değil(ya da bana göre değil)...
Dostum workshoptaki de bu da harika olmuş.Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,


Bayram hocam, günbatımı ışığı ile harika bir porte olmuş. Gözler çok masum duruyor. Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-06-08 1:52]

Bayram bey selamlar,
Melez kertenkele ..!
ne yılan ne de kertenkele.Detayları oldukça güzel bir portre.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-08 1:57]

Hello Bayram,
Beautiful sharp detailed portrait of this lizard in very nice natural colours. Good low POV and DOF.

Hello Bayram,:)
A very interesting capture.
Looks more like a snake than a lizard, isn't it?
Good clarity and details in your pictures. The two entirely different perspectives of the species is very helpful , just like your very informatory notes.
Thanks and Regards,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-08 2:50]

Hi Bayram
Wonderful this lovely legless lizard.
Details and colors are perfect!
Congratulation for this lovely shot!

ncie portrait, greetings Ori

Dayi bicare gibi duruyor. Normalde ben gorsem krkarim ama sen fotolarla sevdiriyorsun. Bakislari gercekten masumane. Emegine saglik. Kib!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-08 3:22]

Hello MF Bayram,
An excellent closeup shot with great details,superb sharpness and lighting,nice composition and pov.Well done,
best regards Siggi

Bayram hocam harika bir porte olmuş. Gözdeki detaylarla daha hoş durmuş. Pul detayları da mükemmel.
Elinize sağlık. Saygılar,

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-08 5:03]

Harika, detaylar süper ellerine sağlık dostum. Sevgiler selamlar..

Ciao Bayram, fantastic portrait of lovely legless lizard, splendid sharpness, wonderful colorts and superb details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bayram hocam, akşam güneşi işe yaramış bence. Yanal ışık tüm detayları ortaya çıkarmış. Nefis bir portre olmuş. Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,


very nice picture..good colours and pov.

well done!

regards Stef

Hi Bayram,

sorry for delayed comments, have just seen this pic.
very well captured, skin texture is so vivid and sharp, congrats buddy,keep posting.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-08 9:05]

It's a wonderful portrait my friend,these light reflection on the skin and this wonderfuls details are the secret of the beauty of your work,thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Selamlar sayın hocam,
Mükemmel bir makro,
göz temasınız harika.
Ellerinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle,

Good close up with lots of detail and pleasant natural colors Bayram. Very interesting creature and I am certainly very impressed with your notes. Very informative indeed!
George Veltchev

Merhaba sevgili Bayram,
Great portrait with this friendly lizard, with a curious glance and nice colours. Male or female? Is there a sexual dimorphism also in the differences of colours? I noticed that the specimen you posted before is more dark and also those we saw in Priene ;)
İyi akşamlar,

hello Bayram
super shot of the head with great details and good sharpness
beautiful colours and nice light
greeting lou

Hi Bayram,
this lizard is beautiful and I like the glance on the body so much.
Wonderful details, thanks my friend, it's interesting and with good quality
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonsoir mon ami Bayram,

Séduisant portrait de ce lizard sans pattes.
Son oeil attentif est de la même couleur que sa peau.
Jolies teintes ambrées. Incroyables détails.
Mes compliments pour cette capture intéressante.

Bayram.. ner kadar guzel bakiyor.. Allah'im ne guzel yaratmis. Derisindeki ayrintilar muhtesem olmus.. Gozleri de gercekten cok guzel.. ellerine saglik.. hepimizden selamlar..

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-08 16:51]

Hello Bayram,
What a handsome looking species of lizard, your superb camera reveals great detail in it's skin. Excellent note and image a winning combination. Thank you my friend.

hello Bayram

2 great photos, the full body and the portrait one,
i love much more the full body (Total Appearance),
shot with very fine POV, superb focus great sharpness
and details, excellent luminosity, TFS


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-08 22:11]

Hi Baratom Bayram,
Splendid portrait of this Glass Lizard, great colors and fine and sharp details, congratulations!
Have a nice day!

Hellow Bayram,
Nice texture and well composed image of this glass lizard.Can easily be mistaken for a snake by the looks of the eye and mouth shape.

Ciao BBB. Perfect focus and DOF.Another impressive/expressive face to face.


Of.. muhteşem portre Bayram hocam. En ince pul detaylarına kadar görülüyor. Emeklerinize sağlık.

Hi Bayram,

a perfect picture, excellent and impressiv!


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