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Blue-throated Keeled Lizard / Mrki ljuskavi gušter

Algyroides nigropunctatus


The maximum length is 25 cm which makes it quite a lot bigger than any of the other Algyroides species. The lizard can be recognized by the keeled V shaped scales on the flanks, tail and back. It owes its name to the bright blue throat of the males in the mating season. Sometimes also females get a blue throat that is less bright. The remainder of the body is light brown to rusty brown, the belly is white to yellowish. It owes its scientific name to the rows of black dots on the back. These dots are mostly missing in females outside the mating season.


It is found in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia. Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, arable land, pastureland, plantations, rural gardens, and urban areas.


Other name: Dalmatian Algyroides. Related spotting:

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injica 8 years ago

totally, and for the majority of case I don't have a camera with me when they are into showing themselves :P

MartinUrban 8 years ago

yeah maybe you were lucky but i rather think you've already had the expierence to use exactly this one possible moment when the lizard 'allows' you to take a picture ... i just know what you mean - sometimes i really wonder if they can only be seen when they decide to ... ?

injica 8 years ago

:D danke I was very proud of myself too! I am that blind, I had in front of me a whole time this lizard and wasn't seeing it coz I'm that focused while I'm taking photos of some bug, and then when I realized it I had just enough time to make 1 single picture and this is the one, before it disappeared!

MartinUrban 8 years ago

phantastic Spotting !

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Spotted on Jun 24, 2013
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