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Eremias arguta deserti

Eremias arguta deserti
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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: 2007-08-17
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z10, 2 GB, SD card
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 2, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 6:22
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Points: 6
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Classification: Animalia (Kingdom ) - Reptilia (Class ) - Squamata (Ordo) - Sauria (Subordo) - Lacertidae (Family ) - Eremias (Genus ) - arguta (Species ) -

Common Names: Steppe Runner (English) - Steppenrenner (Deutsch - German) - Erémias variable (Français - French) - Eremia (Italiano - Italian) - Stäpplöpare (Svenska - Swedish) - Ørkenløber (Dansk - Danish) - steppehagedis (Nederlands - Dutch) - Stepniarka drobnołuska (Polszczyzna - Polish) - Sivagati gyík (Magyar - Hungarian) - Jašterica stepná (Slovenský - Slovak) - Soprala de nisip (Român - Romanian) - Arosisilisko (Suomi - Finnish) -

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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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-18 8:17]

Hello Iulian,
Excellent capture of an Eremias lizard in its natural environment. Fine composition, sharpness, detail and pose.
Well done and TFS!

Foarte frumoasa soparla... Faptul ca este acoperita partial de nisip arata ca isi merita pe deplin numele... Cat de comuna este in Romania?

Salut Iulian,

Interesanta specie,iar grindul Chituc e inca locul in care poti vedea multe specii la ele acasa. Sa aperam ca asa va ramane. Bravo frumoasa fotografie, numele soparlei si postura in care ai fotografiat-o spun totul. Bravo. Cezar.

Excellent and well-timed capture of this reptile. Very sharp and beautiful.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-22 8:04]

Hello Iulian,
I like your capture of this beautiful lizard, half-hidden by sand. Excellent sharpness and fine natural colours. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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