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Troodos Rock Lizard

Troodos Rock Lizard
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-14
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 3, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 3, Bayram's Favorites-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 4:10
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This rock lizard was previously regarded as a sub-species of the Lebanon Lizard (Lacerta laevis), But I believe this is now regarded as a separate species Lacerta troodos.
Dr Bayram Gocmen(boreocypriensis), an expert herpetologist on TN and a native of Cyprus will hopefully correct me if I am wrong.

He tells me that its new scientific name is Phonicolacerta troodica: thanks Bayram!

Despite the name being associated with Mt. Troodos, the highest mountain on Cyprus with permanent snow, this species of lizard occurs between sea level and 1500 meters

This image was taken on the rocky beach just below our hotel, a paradise for lizards, both this species and the larger agamids being common.

This inidividual at about 20 cm long, including the tail is almost full grown.
The image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 3 meters and after moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Hi Ivan,
This species of rock lizard looks somewhat similar to the skinks. A nice capture with excellent composition and fine details showing the entire lizard in focus. A very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan
Great idea for composition. Good sharpness, nice brown tones. I like it very much

Good and detailed image in great light! Well captured! Cheers, Klaus

Hej Ivan
Nice shot of this little lizard captured with good details and pose.
TFS and have nice weekend

Vi har fint väder idag... solen skiner :)

merhaba Ivan,
Cyprus is more popular island nowadays. many shot come from there. Your capture is great, with excellent details, sharpness, POV. SPlendid colors. Nicely framed and composed. good and informative notes. thanks for sharing. well done my friend.

Well Ivan, my friend,
This is a superlative capture of a lizard, showing it in sharp focus from head to tail tip under good illumination and the dorso-lateral aspect is perfect for an identification. It really is very similar to our Anatolian Lacerta laevis, but of course the final verdict will rest with Bayram. Thank you for this excellent example of lizard photography.

Hello Ivan,

Very nice composition. Good POV and sharpness. Nice natural colours.

Hello Ivan!
This time only a short comment (I am still dreaming about some free time...).
Beaufiful capture of lizard species which - unfortunatelly - is restricted in Europe only to its southern part. I like a pose of this reptile and natual BG. Sharpness, details and DOF are also very good!
TFS and all the best!

Hej Ivan,
you did well with the composition with this one, not easy the long tail.
Good sharpness, fine details and nice simple colours.
I really like it.
Fint gjort.

Idag kom det mer blötsnö som snart är borta. ;-(

Pretty large. Larger than the one I used to carry around in my pocket as a boy but it looks like a bigger version. Mine came to me in 1953 as a young lad and purchased by myself at Woolworth's 5 and 10 cent store...It may not have been wild when I bought it, but it was when I let it go into the woods of metropolitan Park in the outskirts of Cleveland. You have pictured it well Ivan. I had totally forgotten about this type of thing boys used to love...It brings back memories, even if not exactly the same species...great lesson plan sir!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-25 7:16]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Interesante foto de esta "Lagartija" Son muy inquietas y algunas de ellas poseen hermosos colores metalicos en verde. Cambian sus tonos de acuerdo a las condiciones que les rodean.
Saludos Luis52.

Very beautiful one, Ivan.
I do like the composition.
Wonderful animal. Good sharpness.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-25 8:39]

Hi Ivan

Excellent POV and framing of the lizard. The exposure is spot-on and colour really good.


hello ivan,
fine capture of the rock lizard, liked the details and the eye contact, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-25 9:00]

Hi Ivan,

Fantastic shot of this lizard from head to the tip of the tail. You caught him in a wonderful pose on the rock. Details of the face, skin and legs are superb and the colors are excellent and natural.


Hello Ivan,
A very fine quality of composition in this rock lizard!
the exposure and focus is spot on with superb sharpness, real colour and details to view and enjoy!
also thanks for the informative notes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-25 11:51]

Hello Ivan, very well composed scene with the sharp lizard on the rock. Beautiful warm tones, well done, thanks !


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-25 12:35]

Hi Ivan,
great shot of this Rock Lizard!
The patterns and colours are very pretty.
Excellent composition and POV.
What a looooooong tail! :)
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-25 12:40]

Hi Ivan. A good close up of the Lizzard. It looks well fed by its size. your sharp focusing has given fine detail . good natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-01-25 13:43]

Great capture, superb details

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-25 14:00]

Hola Ivan,
genial captura, y encuadre,
bonito lizard, colores y tonos...

hello Ivan

with that long tail that this lizard has, the vertical framing
it is very appropriate, and i love too that in front of where
he is looking you leaved a very good free space,
and the details of the subject and of the rock are excellent



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-25 19:12]

Hello Ivan,
Superb composition of this remarkably sharp image. Both you and Ulla have exceptional postings today, thanks.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-25 19:22]

Hi Ivan,
lovely one, I like the composition, nice work,
great details, beautiful focus & colors,
best regards, Dejan

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-26 0:59]

What a long tail this fellow has. Colour and textures are good, and I can see how he can hide in the surrounding cliff and undergrowth,
Well done Ivan,

Hi Argus, splendid Lizard with excellent sharpnes and superbn details, Ilike warm color of the skin, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-26 2:47]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent composition and POV. Very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Nice pose of the lizard.

Hi Ivan,
Come c'est impressionnant avec sa grande queu et quels détails avec de très belles couleurs.

Bonjour Ivan
Très belle prise, couleurs, contraste et lumière. Bravo.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Ivan,
This is a fine little fellow!
I like how you compose this image and the placement of the lizard, and the fine pattern is well reproduced...
An amazing length of the tail!
Pablo -

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-27 2:03]

Hi Ivan,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-27 8:59]
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Hi Ivan

This is a great capture of the rock lizard and what better place than to capture it on the very item that gave it its name i.e. a ROCK.

I love the vertical composition and the almost right angled pose of the reptile, to fit neatly in the shot. It is sometimes rather difficult to shoot these lizards due to their length as the DOF could become rather tricky. However, you did a great job here as the details are splendid and sharp. So too the colours of the rock and the subject appears very natural. At the same time the rock also doubled up as a perfect BG thus enhancing the lizard. Exposure control was well executed.

Good work and TFS.

Hello Ivan,
a wonderful, very lively, weell composed capture of this speedy lizard basking on a rock in the beautiful Troodos area of Cyprus. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Friend Ivan,

Nice capture of Troodos lizard. Yes the taxonomic status of this species was changed as "Phonicolacerta troodica" (Troodos Lizard)" and this species not only found in Troodos Mts. It prefer all moist habitats from the sea level to high elavations. It is common in everyhere in the islan of Cyprus. It has typicaly a lower number of gular scales and distinct light (white or whitish gray) bands on the lateral sides of the body.It is also one of the endemic reptile lizard species of Cyprus.
TFS friend. Greetings,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-31 11:47]

Hi Ivan.
Simply great image of lizard. I am impressed with superb DOF and perfect details of the entire scene. Subject is amazing at whole. Even small BG is great. My congratulations.

much better...more sharp and with the dangling tail filling out the well chosen background and rock
the eye has a catchlight which is a big bonus

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-03 10:47]

Hi Again my friend

Apparently i missed this one when you originally posted it...sorry :)
You know me: i love reptile photos especially if they are from Europe ;)
Until now i didn't have the pleasure to travel to Cyprus so i didn't see this species live, but i'm very happy you posted it. To me, it looks very much like the Podarcis muralis we have here (i know there are differences between them, but still... :)
Anyway, you shot is really very good and it has a special "thing": it shows the entire tail - a piece usually neglected in lizard photos.
Of course, the details are very neat and sharp, the colors are very natural and well saturated and the exposure is again well handled.

Bravo and TFS

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