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Common Wall Lizard

Common Wall Lizard
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Copyright: Dejan Ban (Hillo) (52)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Pentax K5, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-25 7:01
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Points: 14
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Common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis)
I think it is a most common lizard in Europe (at least in Croatia, especially near the sea areas). It is also well established in North America and there is known as European wall lizard.
They can grow little bit more than 20 cm in length (tail included), males are slightly larger than females. Females lay eggs (3-12). Its coloration is generally brownish or greyish, and may occasionally be tinged with green (like this beauty on my photo).
Interesting thing about the tail: when captured by its tail, it deliberately drops it and runs away. Dropped tail keeps wiggling for a while and helps to distract the predator and allow the lizard to escape. The broken area begins to heal and they grow a new tail although in slightly different color than the old one.
Lizards eat flying and ground insects along with many types of spiders. They are very quick predators and can be seen jumping to catch flying prey. They also eat fruit and berries.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-25 8:34]

Hello Dejan,
Beautiful macro of this lizard in splendid light and colours. Great sharpness and details. Fine choice of composition.

Ciao Dejan, great capture of lovely lizard, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Dejean,
Bienvenue sur TN !!!
Agréable publication finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-25 15:01]

Hi Dejan,great capture of this common lizard,the hard light make the difference and is perfect to warm up the colors,great details and original perspective too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Dejan

Great photo of this lizard with fine POV and framing, excellent light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, the expressive pose and the contrast
of the image brings dynamism to the photo, TFS


Hi Dejan,
great and original shot with nice details on the lizard. Like

What a luxury to observe, with much detail, the colors of each scale of this Podarcis muralis, as these striking rectangular plates and turquoise; alternating pass over the belly. Or lemon green spots of the upper jaw, neck and spine. A truly admirable focus, great composition where the distribution of character; rocks and empty; give perfect sense of height and depth. Great job,
all my congratulations to you, Dejan.

Hernán Bortondello

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