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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/74099368.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Amphibians and reptiles of Poland, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1, Reptiles of Europe, Reptiles (Reptilia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 6:35
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Lacetra agilis agilis Linnaeus, 1758 - Sand Lizard (Lecertidae).

Really this lizard species was recently presented on some pictures by Horia but here I decided to show the third, nominative subspecies just to compare it with spp. euxinica and ssp. chersonensis.

Here on the photo is a male specimen, which (as written in the picture's title) is ready to mate and still looking for a free female ;>

Lacetra agilis agilis is the most common Polish lizard species occurring in different sandy habibats, sometimes also in the middle of forest areas.

It is one of the only 9 species of reptiles occurring in Poland. The other are: Zootoca vivipara, Lacerta viridis, Anguis fragilis, Vipera berus, Natrix natrix, Elaphe longissima, Coronella austriaca, and Emys orbicularis .

As all other reptiles also this species in protected by the low in Poland.

This picture was taken in sandy open area in Bolimow Landscape Lark (C Poland) where numerous individuals of this species were observed.

Argus, horia, gallezeric, cataclysta, ramthakur, peter_stoeckl, dew77, cedryk, septama has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-05 7:39]
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Hello Radomir,
This is a fine capture of the front half of a male Sand Lizard, with excellent contrasting BG against its green body. Sharp and well presented. I'm afraid I can't offer any free females!
All our reptiles are protected in Sweden too.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Radomir

Ah....what a beauty he his! I imagine there is a battle among females for him :))
I must remark however that is rather different from what we have here...especially that the back has pretty much no markings...very interesting. It is also very bright in colors and very vivid...looks much better that the ones we have :))

The photo itself looks great!
I really like the low POV here and the very nice and rather shallow DOF that blurres the BG well.
The sharpness is exceptional and it shows wonderful details and textures on the scales and the eye of this "macho".
Very nice composition and presentation, as well.

Cheers and TFS

PS: just for fun and for comparison, i added a WS with a male L. a. agilis from the western part of Romania. Have a look ;)

hi Radomir,
splendid image of this lizard very beautiful colors and clearness cheer


Czesc Radziu
Great photo and very nice workshop from Horia. I also like the low POV. What can I say more: interesting note and links to other photos
God job
Best wishes

What an interesting lizard, Radomir!
My only nit is that the ground as BG has impeded a clear delineation of its outline. Still, it is minor nit and does not affect the real charm of this good looker.
TFS and bye.

Hi Radomir,
Brilliant colours and tack sharp details in this fine portrait of a very colourful subspecies of L. agilis.
It is hard to be so successful in capturing those very agile reptiles. With thanks, and best regards,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-06 12:08]
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Hello Radomir,
Magnificent capture of this lizard.I liked POV,eye contact,colors and visual impact a lot.Have a great day!


Very nice close-up of this species. In fact it's not the typical form of L. agilis. It's a clear example of variety erythronota, characteristic for its uniform brown or rufous back. Typical specimen in Poland look more or less similar to that on Horia's picture in the workshop.
Best greetings,

Nunca tinha visto um lagarto com um verde tão vivo e bonito. O gostei do POV e vc conseguiu um destaque maior para esse lagarto devido ao BG.


Wish I was a female lizard, he'd attract me any day :)
Fantastic sharpness and great POV.
Well done

wow I just see this kind of skink, really nice bright green colour, I guess he just change his skin (some still left in the tail), really extraordinary shot, nice focus, details and playful colour, TFS

Great texture and colors. We can see all details from this sympathetic reptile. Congratulations!

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