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Common Wall Lizard

Podarcis muralis

Description:

"The common wall lizard is a small, thin lizard whose small scales are highly variable in colour and pattern. Its coloration is generally brownish or greyish, and may occasionally be tinged with green. In some individuals, the row of spots along their backs may form a line, while others may have a reticulated pattern with dark spots on the side and scattered white spots that can be blue in the shoulder region. The tail is brown, grey or rust in colour, and may also have light bars on the sides. The belly region has six rows of larger rectangular scales that are generally reddish, pink, or orangish. Common wall lizards may also have dark markings on the throat." ~wiki

Habitat:

spotted in a flat grassy area near the house; "The common wall lizard prefers rocky environments, including urban settings, where it can scurry between rock, rubble, debris and buildings. The natural range spans mainland Europe, including central Spain, southern Belgium, and the Netherlands. It occurs as introduced populations in southern Britain, and also in North America." ~wiki

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4 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Thanks so much for the ID, Despina!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

That's great!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Yes, he was! And my 2 year old niece fell in love with spotting "baby lizards" after I showed her this one. :-)

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

What a darling :)

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

Umbertide, UMB, Italy

Spotted on Jul 16, 2013
Submitted on Jul 28, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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