Balkan wall lizard

Podarcis tauricus

''Podarcis tauricus'', the Balkan wall lizard, is a common lizard in the family Lacertidae native to south eastern Europe and Asia Minor. It is a terrestrial species found in steppe, grassland, olive groves, cultivated land, meadows, rural gardens, sparsely vegetated sand dunes and scrubby areas.
Podarcis taurica, isle of Zakynthos (Greece) dd Oct. 3, 2018 After several days of rain and storm, this Podarcis taurica male enjoys the shining sun, ignoring the passing tourists. Fall,Geotagged,Greece,Podarcis tauricus

Appearance

The Balkan wall lizard grows to a snout-to-vent length of about 8 cm with a tail twice as long as this. It is a sturdy deep-headed lizard somewhat resembling a small green lizard. The basic colour is bright green in spring, fading to an olive-green olive-brown in summer. The markings are somewhat variable but may consist of two narrow, pale-coloured dorso-lateral stripes with the central part of the back brownish with black patches. The underparts are white and unblotched, but breeding males develop yellow, orange or red underparts and green throats.
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Distribution

South-west Ukraine, Crimea Peninsula, eastern and southern Romania, south-east Hungary, Macedonia, Bulgaria, mainland Greece, the Ionian Islands, Thassos, western Turkey , Albania and southern Moldova.
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Status

The Balkan wall lizard is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as being of "least concern". This is because it is a common species wherever there is suitable habitat within its range.
Podarcis taurica, male, isle of Zakynthos (Greece), Oct. 1, 2018 This Podarcis taurica male was hiding in the grass and leaves. This male has a bleu spot above his frontlegs. Within this species little differances in colourpaterns occur. Fall,Geotagged,Greece,Podarcis tauricus

Habitat

''Podarcis tauricus'' is largely a terrestrial lizard inhabiting open areas of grassland such as steppe, meadows and field edges, also in olive groves, traditional farm land, rural gardens, sand dunes with sparse vegetation and occasionally in open scrub.

Females lay two clutches, of between two and ten eggs each, in a year.

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Status: Least concern
EX EW CR EN VU NT LC
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyLacertidae
GenusPodarcis
SpeciesP. tauricus
Photographed in
Bulgaria
Greece