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Steppe runner
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Copyright: Iulian Gherghel (IulianGherghel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 2 N: 372] (1413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-16
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-04 16:50
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range description

E-Romania (Danube Delta area). Also S-Ukraina and Crimea and further eastwards to Mongolia and China.

altitudinal range

Up to 300 m


Up to about 7,5cm snout to vent, tail as long or a little longer. A quite plump lizard with a pointed snout and rather prominent nostrils. Distinguished from all other east European lacertids (Lacertidae) by high number of large belly scales (14-20 across mid-belly), and by the subocular scale which does not reach the lip. Usually grey or greyish brown, often with a pattern of ocelli or light, often broken stripes and irregular dark markings; sides may be darker than back.

morphological variability

Considerable variation in pattern. Form in Europe is E.a. deserti.

morphologically similar taxa

None in Europe.


Typically found in dry open places with some low bushy vegetation, including sandy beaches, coastal dunes and sparsely vegetated river plains.

behaviour & habits

Often quite common, actively hunting. When disturbed it may run very fast for long distances between bushes. Sometimes takes refuge by sheltering under spiny shrubs but also uses burrows about 10-25 cm long that it digs itself, often at the base of bushes. May also hide under stones and in rodent burrows and dive into loose sand when pursued.


Mainly insect prey.

reproduction and development

Females may lay about 2 clutches of 1-12 (usually 3-4) eggs, 10-20mm x 6-10mm, which produce babies 2,5-3cm from snout to vent; these probably become sexually mature after their second spring.

info by: http://nemys.ugent.be/species.asp?spec=44495&group=16&act=4&p=1

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Everything in this shot are so simple and pale! So little information for the eye that makes it a relaxing picture. Nice dof and interesting composition.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-05 3:57]

Buna Iulian

Imi pare bine sa vad specii rare aici pe TN, cum e cazul si a lui Eremias arguta.
Poza ta e foarte buna, luata dintr-un unghi foarte jos si aducand la o perspectiva similara cu cea a soparlei.
Detaliile sunt foarte clare si culorile foarte naturale.

Stiu si eu cat de greu e sa prinzi una ba mai mult sa stea pentru cateva poze...asa ca un plus de felicitari aici :)

Bravo si TFS

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-11-06 11:24]

Hi Iulian,
this is a highly interesting contribution to TN. The lizard is not known to many of us, you present it in a natural environment. You just forgot to mention its latin name in the note, Eremias arguti. But you can change the text easily in the "manage" menu.

Thanks for your info!

Best regards

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