|Copyright: Iulian Gherghel (IulianGherghel)
|Date Taken: 2010-08-31|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-10-25 9:48|
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|Lacerta agilis - sand lizard|
Size: relatively large lizard, may surpass 20 cm in length, tail included, massively built.
Habitat: widely distributed from lowlands up to 1400 m high. It may be encountered in meadows, orchards, agricultural lands, road-sides, and watersides.
Behaviour: diurnal, not very agile species. Protected by its cryptic colours, has also other possibilities for escaping enemies: seeks shelter in the water, or climbs on trees. Can't be tamed in captivity, always trying to escape.
Food habits: eats arthropods, especially coleopterans, orthopterans and arachnids.
Reproduction: in June they lay a clutch of 5-13 eggs in a gallery dug in the ground. Eggs hatch after 45-60 days, and the hatchlings are 3-4 cm long.
Enemies: are mainly represented by snakes and raptors.
Conservation: although not endangered, the species is STRICTLY PROTECTED in Romania because some lowland populations are declining.
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Ciao Julian, fantastidc portrait of lovely lizard on a beautiful lighting BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Les détails dans la tête sont exceptionnels, j'aime particulièrement l'il, les couleurs sont superbes, bravo et au revoir.
Thanks for sharing this reptile that looks like it has been stitched together by 1000's of beads. It is a lovely specimen and appreciate you sharing it with us. A great portrait showing details from very close by. Best regards.