Dalmatian wall lizard

Podarcis melisellensis

The Dalmatian wall lizard is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae.
Podarcis melisellensis, Nin (Croatia), Sep. 16, 2015 This Podarcis melisellensis joys the warm gravel of a footpath near the coast. Dutch name: karsthagedis. Croatia,Dalmatian wall lizard,Geotagged,Podarcis melisellensis,Summer

Appearance

Dalmatian wall lizards grow up to 65 mm in snout–vent length. Tail is about twice as long as the body. Female lizards lay 2–8 eggs. Juveniles are about 25 mm in snout–vent length upon hatching.

These lizards display three ventral color morphs: yellow, orange and white. A male that is an orange color morph is seen as a more dominant male than any other morph in intrasexual competition, since the orange color displays the lizard as more aggressive. Orange morph lizards have a larger size and bite force so they can ward off competing males in order to mate with a female of choice and claim territory In this species of lizards, the females prefer the orange males since the orange males are bigger and healthier and can give a female’s offspring high quality indirect benefits. Even though females prefer to mate with orange morphs, they will still mate with yellow morphs. Yellow morph lizards give females more direct benefits like protection and small territory than indirect benefits. Meanwhile, white males are only able to mate by intruding on another male’s territory and mating with other male’s females.
Dalmatian Wall Lizard Just a lovely example of the fauna of the Adriatic Coast. Croatia,Dalmatian wall lizard,Geotagged,Krk Island,Podarcis melisellensis

Distribution

It is found in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia.

Habitat

Its natural habitats are temperate forests, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, and pastureland.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyLacertidae
GenusPodarcis
SpeciesP. melisellensis
Photographed in
Croatia