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Lizard id please. Solved - Wall Lizard (Podarcis hispanica)

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« on: October 08, 2009, 18:01 PM »
I must remember to go through my photos more often and not leave it to one day!

Can anyone id this half blurred lizard please, ive looked in the book & used the search on this forum and have found nothing obviously similar, im guessing at either rock or wall lizard  :noidea:
« Last Edit: October 08, 2009, 20:10 PM by Maria »

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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2009, 18:50 PM »
i think it is a wall lizard.
andy

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2009, 19:11 PM »
I'd agree with Andy... Podarcis hispanica....

The blue tail is because it is a juvenile.. They hatch out with a blue tail and the colour goes as it matures... I have a theory that predators (Possible lizard species?) see that blue colour quite well and so go for that bit when they fancy a meal... Tail drops off and baby lizard lives on and grows a new tail.... It's just a theory though

The key to this ID between rock and wall lizard is geographic location..... Rock lizards (lacerta monticola) are not as far south as the Sierra Nevada.... When trying to id something in a book, those geo maps are good to check, though sometimes you will find a species where the map says it isn't :)
« Last Edit: October 08, 2009, 19:14 PM by Clive »
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 20:06 PM »
Excellent info thanks Clive  :clapping:

Also I think your theory makes sense.

Having just searched google images for Podarcis hispanica ive found an exact match, great stuff.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2009, 20:11 PM by Maria »