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Erhard's wall lizard's head


Erhard's wall lizard's head
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Copyright: Euthymios Iv (euthiv) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 81] (470)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon DSLR D70, AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-07 0:50
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Podarcis erhardii, female

"Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Sauria

Family: Lacertidae

Genus: Podarcis

Species: P. erhardii

Binomial name

Podarcis erhardii
Bedriaga, 1882

The Erhard's wall lizard (Podarcis erhardii) lives in the Balkan peninsula and the Aegean islands. On the mainland it ranges from Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and southern Bulgaria to the northeastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. In the Aegean archipelago it does not occur in Milos or the surrounding islands, where it is replaced by the Milos wall lizard.
The length of the lizard's body is about 7 cm; the tail is twice as long. The head is rather wide, and the skin is smooth. The colour and patterning of this species vary a lot. The main colour is typically grey or brown, sometimes green. Females particularly are often striped. On the edges of the back two white stripes border two dark stripes or spotty lines. In the middle of the back may be a dark line. Some males have net-like patterning, where longitudinal and transverse lines and spots mix. The belly and often throat are white, yellow, orange or red, and in the Aegean islands also green, blue or grey. The belly is never spotty, but sometimes there are blue spots in the hind legs.
Erhard's wall lizard lives in dry or rocky places with dense, low bushes. It climbs very well. The lizard populations in the Aegean archipelago inhabit open places, like plant-covered dunes, as well.
Erhard's wall lizard eats arthropods, especially insects. It mates in spring, and lays eggs at the beginning of the summer. The young lizards hatch in September, then measuring 3 cm."
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


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