|Copyright: Iulian Gherghel (IulianGherghel)
|Date Taken: 2010-05-20|
|Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-05-26 10:29|
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The Sheltopusik or European Legless Lizard (Ophisaurus apodus) is a large glass lizard found from southern Europe to Central Asia. Its common name comes from the Russian желтопузик (literally yellow-bellied).
This lizard can reach a length of 135 cm. It has a tan coloration, paler on the ventral surface and the head, with a ring-like/segmented appearance that makes it look like a giant earthworm, with a distinctive fold of skin down each side called a lateral groove. Small (2 mm) rear legs are sometimes visible near the cloaca. Though their legs are barely discernible, they can be easily distinguished from a snake by their ears, their eye lids, and ventral scales.
This lizard likes open country such as short grassland or sparsely wooded hills. The scheltopusik consumes arthropods, and small mammals. Snails and slugs appear to be its favorite prey, which may explain why it is particularly active in wet weather, although it prefers a dry habitat.
Due to its size, the scheltopusik tends to respond to harassment by hissing, biting, and musking. It is less likely to drop off its tail than some other species that display caudal autotomy. However, these occasional displays of caudal autotomy are responsible for the name "glass lizard" (or "glass snake"). The released tail may break into pieces, leading to the myth that the lizard can shatter like glass and reassemble itself later. In reality, if the tail is lost, it grows back slowly, but is shorter and darker.
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Frumos portret al acestei reptile prezentat cu detalii excelente, culori placute si un focus bine realizat.
Hello Iulian. Wonderful portrait of this legless beauty.
TFS and greetings from Turkey.
We waited for you to come here to make study wit Prof. Göçmen. But i think you gave up!
(i am PhD student of Prof. Göçmen)
good portrait, TFS Ori
Awesome portrait of this beauty.
TFS and cheers,