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Lacerta viridis meridionalis

Lacerta viridis meridionalis
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Copyright: Bedri Kalemci (bedri) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma APO 500mm f/4.5 EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favourites-III, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 5, Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-10 11:18
Viewed: 3740
Points: 32
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Lacerta viridis meridionalis (Green Lizard) [in Turk. Yeşil Kertenkele, Zümrüt Kertenkele] (Male)

A large, elegant lizard with a rather short, deep head, especially in males. In adults Green lizards, total length reaches up to about 30-34 cm, tail often twice body length or more (Snouth-vent length is approx. 13 cm). Rostral plate typically does not in contact with nostrils; 2 postnasal plate; typically there are relatively big scales (i.e. plates) in temporal region, so there only a few of them. Dorsal scale number around the mid-body is between 40 and 56. The belly plates are arranged in 6 longitudinal rows, the number of pores on the lower femoral region is ranged between 14 and 21. Males usually almost entirely green with a fine black stippling above and a darker, light-spotted head. Females are very variable in color-pattern: sometimes uniform green or brown, or with blotches; frequently 2 or 4 narrow light stripes on body, which may be edged with black lines or spots. More rarely, both sexes have a bold irregular pattern of interconnected black blotches. Belly is yellowish, nearly always wifhout black spots. Throat is blue in mature males (especially chin and the sides of the head) and beige in females (rarely blue in some females). Youngs are often beige, uniform or with a few light spots (without black edge) on flanks, or else with two or four narrow light lines.

This species is generally encountered in bushy vegetation at woodland and field edges, within open woodlands, forested areas and shrubland, hedgerows, and in overgrown areas and cultivated land. It takes refuge in bushes and burrows. In northern Germany the species is confined to sandy open heathland habitats. It feeds mainly on insects, sometimes small lizards and even mice. In springtime the females lay around 5-23 eggs in a clutch. About 2 to 3 months later brown-coloured youngs appear with a total length of 3-4 cm.

It ranges from eastern Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, eastern Austria, and Slovenia, east to Romania, Moldova and southern Ukraine, southwards into the Balkan Peninsula in Croatia (including some Adriatic islands), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Greece (including some Aegean islands, and excluding the Peloponnese). It is also present in Turkey, where it is largely distributed in the area of Marmara and along the Black Sea coastal region, representing with a single subspecies named as L. v. meridionalis. It is found from sea level up to 2,100 m asl.

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. Baran, I. & Atatür, M. K. (1998). Turkish Herpetofauna (Amphibians & Reptiles). Ministry of Environment, Ankara. 214 pp.
4. Arnold, N.E. (1978). A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe.Collins, London, UK, 288 pp.

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What a colors have your lovely lizard.
Shar details!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-10 11:27]

Hello Bedri,
Such beautiful and unusual coloration, a blue head, green back and brown tail!! The detail is very fine and the lighting perfectly brings out those gorgeous colors. Love the composition and excellent exposure!! TFS.

Bedri dostum, muhteşem eline ve emeğine sağlık.
Harika bir çalışma olmuş. Bundan iyisi Şam'da kayısı. Turkish herpetofauna temema ekliyorum bu yakışıklıyı:)
Emeğine sağlık.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-10 12:31]

Merhaba Bedri,
Sende ne hazineler varmış:)Tam kirişi kırarken yakalamışsın.Canlı renkler,detaylar,Göz teması ve kompozisyon 4/4 lük olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerine sağlık..

hello Bedri
very good sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-10 13:04]

Very nice composition in green tones Bedri.
The soft BG and pose of animal are great and very well done.
TFS and see you on TN.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-10 13:59]

Bedri merhaba,
Bu ne güzel kertenkeledir böyle;başı ayrı renk,çene altı ayrı,gövde ayrı,kuyruk ayrı...Tam zamamanında çok da güzel çekmişsin emeklerine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ

Bedri bey... harika bir kertenkele ve cok hos durmusken cekmissiniz... rnkleri, detaylari herseyi cok hos.. elinize saglik..

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-11 0:04]

Bedri bey, estetik bir duruş. super renkler.
Elinize sağlık.

  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-11 2:50]

Bedri bey selamlar,
Nefis renklerde, estetik bir kertenkele ...
Açık alanda, güzel görmüşsünüz.Yaprakların arasında, benden bir kaçışı varki ...
Emeklerinize sağlık.

This lizard have verry interesting colours.
Good capture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-11 11:00]

Hello Bedri,
Very beautiful photo of this lizard in beautiful natural, clear colours and great sharpness. Very nice composition, POV and OOF BG.
Have a nice weekend,

kuşlardan sonra kertenkelelerden de çok güzel bir kare göndermişsiniz, Bedri Bey. netliği, renkleri ve açısı çok güzel. bakışlarını da harika yakalamışsınız. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

very nice capture, TFS Ori

Hallo Bedri
This reptile is glowing with beauty because of the striking colours that covers its body. This green lizard is a real eye-catcher and you have captured it so well, using the light to your advantage to bring out the colours to its best. The blue colour under its chin is beautiful, the catch-light in the eye just tops and the almost mischievous pose against the tree trunk just great. I like this image, as it is presented without pretence and in a very relaxed and pleasant manner. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Bedri bey bu çok güzel. Renklere bayıldım. Kütük üstünde harika poz vermiş.
Elinize sağlık. selamlar.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-09 7:01]

Hi Bedri

This is a stunning shot of the Green Lizard. I like its brilliant colours with the green
body and blue head and the details came out very sharp. The distant green area at
the top and the sawn off piece of wood provided an excellent BG for the image that
made the lizard stand out nicely in the frame. I just love the way how it looked over
its shoulder to gaze back at you and the little catchlight you managed to get in the

Well done and TFS.

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