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Unidentified Lacertid 1 - Lake Girdev - Turkey

Observed: 25th April 2012 By: PetejPetej’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesPetej’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesPetej’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Unidentified Lacertid 1
Unidentified Lacertid 2

This photo was taken about 500 metres from the photo I put up on 28.04.12 along the shore of Lake Girdev. The lizard was found in a rock strewn area with grass interspersed and close to a water filled ditch teaming with frogs.

  • Unknown (Lacertidae)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    Likely ID
    Oertzen's Wall Lizard (Anatololacerta oertzeni)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Oertzen's Wall Lizard

Brilliant - Thank you Masked Marvel - I was hoping you might be able to come up with a firm ID for this one. Had a sneaking suspicion it might be the same again because of its proximity with the other one but it is good to have it confirmed. I spent some time trying to find good reference pictures when I was searching but by the sound of it you are also looking at distribution maps. Do you have a good source of information about the reptiles and amphibians of Turkey or is it multiple sources and research? I have thrown amphibians in because I have a couple of frog photos I want to try and identify next.
Thanks for your help.
Kind Regards


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Turkish reptiles and amphibians

I have a book on Turkish amphibians and reptiles but to be honest it's not that great and is quite out of date now. There is a newer one available but it's in German so I'm waiting for an English translation. Various internet sources are useful but it helps if you have an idea of what to expect in an area so you can ignore all the nonsense...

Looking forward to the frogs!