Eremias arguta deserti
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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) - Jaterica stepná (Slovenský - Slovak) - Soprala de nisip (Român - Romanian) - Arosisilisko (Suomi - Finnish) -
E-Romania (Danube Delta area). Also S-Ukraina and Crimea and further eastwards to Mongolia and China.
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.
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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- [2007-09-18 8:17]
Excellent capture of an Eremias lizard in its natural environment. Fine composition, sharpness, detail and pose.
Well done and TFS!
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.
- [2007-09-22 8:04]
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