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Podarcis muralis


Podarcis muralis
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-25
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-28 15:56
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Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Sauria

Family: Lacertidae

Genus: Podarcis

Species: P. muralis

The common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is a species of lizard with a large distribution in Europe and well-established introduced populations in North America, where it is also called the European wall lizard. It can grow to about 20 cm in total length. The common wall lizard is a small, thin lizard whose small scales are highly variable in colour and pattern. Its coloration is generally brownish or greyish, and may occasionally be tinged with green. In some individuals the row of spots along their back may form a line, while others may have a reticulated pattern with dark spots on the side and scattered white spots that can be blue in the shoulder region. The tail is brown, grey or rust in colour, and may also have light bars on the sides. The belly region has 6 rows of larger rectangular scales that are generally reddish, pink, or orangish. Common wall lizards may also have dark markings on the throat. The common wall lizard prefers rocky environments, including urban settings where it can scurry between rock, rubble, debris and buildings. The natural range spans mainland Europe, including central Spain, southern Belgium, and the Netherlands. It occurs as introduced populations in southern Britain, and also in North America. Podarcis muralis has been introduced in the United States of America and is spreading in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio. It is commonly observed living in limestone outcrops, rock walls, and rubble along the Ohio River basin and the surrounding seven hills. It is referred to locally in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area as the "Lazarus lizard", as it was introduced to the area around 1950 by George Rau, a boy who was a member of the family that owned the Lazarus department store chain (now absorbed into Macy's). After he returned from a family vacation to Northern Italy, he released about 10 of the reptiles near his Cincinnati home. This prolific lizard has reproduced exponentially, it continues to expand its distribution range annually, and has established itself so well in Southwest Ohio that it is now considered a native (although introduced) species by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and is protected under State law (it is illegal to harm, capture, or possess this animal without a proper licence.
The European wall lizard was also introduced to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in 1970 when a dozen individuals were released into the wild from a small private zoo


La lucertola muraiola (Podarcis muralis Laurenti 1768) è un rettile appartenente alla famiglia Lacertidae. È la più comune delle lucertole italiane, è lunga circa 15 cm (compresa la coda) ma può arrivare a 20-25 cm. Trova la tana in buchi nei muri o sotto terra e appena uscita, si riposa al sole per scaldarsi. È una specie ovipara: la femmina depone, solitamente due volte all'anno, da 2 a 10 uova che si schiudono tra luglio e settembre. La dieta comprende essenzialmente insetti e aracnidi. Si tratta di un rettile facilmente osservabile in quanto vive preferibilmente in zone antropizzate. La specie è inattiva da ottobre a marzo, ma in giornate particolarmente calde si muove anche in pieno inverno. Le lucertole hanno la particolarità di poter perdere la coda se questa viene afferrata da un eventuale predatore; tale parte del corpo può in seguito riformarsi, crescendo fino a 2 mm al giorno. In Valle d'Aosta e in buona parte del territorio alpino, vive un altro sauro, abbastanza simile ma molto più raro, la Lucertola vivipara (Lucertola vivipara), che predilige gli ambienti umidi di alta quota, di solito evitati da Podarcis muralis. Può essere distinto da quest'ultima per il corpo dalla forma arrotondata, anziché appiattita, le zampe più corte e le squame del dorso non lisce. La lucertola muraiola a un occhio poco esperto può essere facilmente confusa con Podarcis sicula, e qualche sua varietà o sottospecie. Quest'ultima coabita spesso con la lucertola muraiola, e dove questo accade, la muraiola tende a diventare molto piu rupicola e ad occupare habitat diversi dalla piu praticola e competetitiva Podarcis sicula.

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salut Luciano

une excellente photo de ce lézard avec un superbe POV
et cet eye-contact de tonnerre, j'aimes tous ces détails
que tu es allé chercher à la fois du sujet et du background, TFS

Asbed

Without this look in the eyes this image could be questionable friend Luciano! Great eye spark indeed, fantastic pose of the lizard, awesome point of view and first class composition. Bravo!
Regards,
George Veltchev

ciao Luciano, very nice scene, your POV and your close up, the eye contact is ok, fine composition with a natural environment!
TFS Nasos

Ciao Luciano. Simpatico il soggetto in ottimo dettaglio e nitidezza. Anche la luce è ben gestita.

Roberto

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-01 1:41]

Hi Luciano,
A very good capture of this beauty in nice pose,great timing,focusing and excellent sharpness.The colors and details are wonderful.Have a nice day!
Dûrzan

Ciao Luciano,
alcuni giorni fa ho fotografato anch'io una lucertola, con risultati pessimi rispetto a questa tua splendida cattura con perfetta nitidezza e colori luminosi, mi piace anche l'ambientazione naturale con i giochi di luci e ombre.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Luciano
Beautiful photo with good composition and natural colours.
Regards,
Christodoulos

Ciao Luciano, immagino prima uscita per questa lucertola, ottima la ripresa e speriamo che questo sia un buon auspicio per la prossima stagione fotografica. Un saluto, Paolo

soggetti molto belli da fotografare, complimenti per la cattura, molto buoni i dettagli sul corpo della lucertola, a 800px difficile fare qualche valutazione in piu-, dico cio- perche- mi sembra un diffferenza di maf tra la zona che include la testa ed il resto del corpo,

un saluto, tino

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-01 7:32]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent photo of this lizard with a pleasing eye contact. Beautiful natural colours and good sharpness.
Regards,
Peter

Hi Luciano - although personally i dont like this specie, but cannot resist commenting on the capture. Amazing, sharpness is too great with excellent POV. TFS

Hello Luciano,
What a beauty.... It is spring time in your country.... in mine it is still could weather below -3 degree Celsius.
Lovely capture with brilliant colors and perfect focus.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-03-01 7:46]

Ciao Luciano!
Brrr...la macro è perfetta, ma non mi piace il soggetto :) Bravissimo a catturarla in un bell'ambiente naturale, con la solita strepitosa nitidezza. Bellissimo gioco di luci e ombre.
Complimenti e buona serata.
Ciao! Vanda
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...ho provato tante volte a fotografare una lucertola, senza successo: ci sono spesso sulla mia terrazza, o sul davanzale della cucina dove ho vasi di fiori, ma s'intrufolano sempre in posti strani....

Ciao Luciano, gran bel lucertolone, magnifica luce e ottima nitidezza, qui la prossima farfalla la metto con la giacca a vento e gli sci:(, da te un po' di sole lo vedi, bella cattura, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-01 12:03]

Hello Luciano.
This lizard match perfectly with surrounding. Great composition and exposure. Crisp clear picture with all details to see. Well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hi Luciano,
very interesting photo of this lizard. Nice natural colours. Very good sharpness and light conditions.
Thanks for sharing.
Maciek

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-01 12:38]

Ciao Luciano,
A very nice capture of the Wall Lizard bathibng in your spring sunshine.
The pose, POV, sharpness, composition and eye contact are excellent with the lizard well seen against the natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,
Ivan

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-03-01 14:13]

Hola Luciano.
Este pequeño reptil luce sus finos atributos gracias a la calidad de la foto, la cual se logra de una exelente forma y desde un angulo superior con muy buena canitidad de iluminacion.
Saludos Luciano.
Luis52.

hello Luciano
very nice picture with good details and good pose to see this lizard very good
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-02 4:20]

Hello Luciano,
this is an exciting top view of this scaly lizard. The slight glance gives a good style. Excellent composition with details of the skin and the muddy surroundings it lives.

Regards,
Foozi

bonjour Luciano
superbe photo de ce lézard qui nous regarde d'un air méfiant, le sujet est très net, j'aime surtout le details de ces pattes,
très beau POV, belle lumière, et interressant environnement naturel
Passe une bonne nuit
Jacqueline

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