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Lacerta viridis

Lacerta viridis
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Catozzi (daggoo) Silver Workshop Editor [C: 5 W: 15 N: 2] (120)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-31
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-01 16:15
Viewed: 4063
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European green lizard (Lacerta viridis) is a large lizard distributed across mid European latitudes from the north of the Iberian peninsula to as far east as Ukraine. It is often to be seen sunning itself on rocks or lawns, or sheltering amongst bushes.
The lizard reaches a length of approximately 12 cm length from the tip of the muzzle to the cloaca. The tail can be up to twice the length of the body. This lizard sheds its tail (autotomy), to evade the grasp of a predator.
Males have a larger head and a uniform green colouring punctuated with small spots that are more pronounced upon its back. The throat is bluish in the adult males and to a lesser extent in the females.
European green lizard.
The female is more slender than the male and has a more uniform coloration, often displaying between two and four light bands bordered by black spots.
It feeds on insects. In springtime the female lays 6 to 20 eggs. About 2 to 3 months later brown-coloured young appear with a length of 3-4 cm.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-01 16:29]

Hello Luciano,
well spotted this Western green lizard (Lacerta bilineata). Though the image does not seem crital sharp it gives a good view on the animal. Well done, Jacob

Bellissimo rettile, ottimi colori e luce.

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