BruceH's picture

Catalan Wall Lizard

Observed: 11th June 2013 By: BruceHBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesBruceH’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Catalan Wall Lizard
Description:

Seen on my garden wall.

Identifications
  • Catalan Wall Lizard (Podarcis iolepsis)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
  • Catalan Wall Lizard (Podarcis liolepsis)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    Catalan Wall Lizard (Podarcis liolepis)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
    • Masked Marvel
      The British Herpetological Society
      Amphibians and Reptiles expert
    • EsklingEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Masked Marvel's picture

Hello BruceH This is one of

Hello BruceH

This is one of the most challenging ID's to make in European reptiles. I think you have the correct ID although it's hard to see as all the best characteristics are hidden in this photo.

For future reference, this should help:

The best characteristic is the markings on the belly which are present in P. muralis but absent in P. liolepis. P. muralis also has a dark mark with a light centre on the flank above the forelimbs. The scales on the side of the head are generally smaller and duller in P. liolepis. As none of these can be seen in this photo, I am basing my tentative agreement on the colour of the iris, which is orange in P. muralis and yellowish in P. liolepis.

You have misspelled the scientific name in your observation, if you change it to Podarcis liolepis I'll add an agreement.

I'm not 100% sure and would be interested to see more photos of this and other lizards if you have them.

BruceH's picture

Revised binomial

Hello Masked Marvel,

Excuse the typo when I spelled the name. I have corrected it.

I don't have any more pix of this little chap, although he/she comes out regularly. I have just got back to UK, but am going back to France in a month or so and will send you more photos if I can get them.

I have just posted another picture of what may be a Podarcis family lizard. These lizards are very shy aren't they, and hard to catch in the open.

To have the best chance of you being able to comment on any observations I make, is there a "best" time of day to lodge them?

Bruce

Masked Marvel's picture

Your other one looks more

Your other one looks more like P. liolepis from it's general appearance.

They are shy, particularly in areas where they don't see as many people. Also they are more shy in very hot weather. If you can find them earlier in the day (or colder times of year) they are a bit easier to approach.

There aren't too many reptile and amphibian obs on iSpot so I manage to check most of them. So any time is fine for me.

BruceH's picture

Reptiles etc.

I will watch out for them more - my main interest is odonata, but reptiles and amphibians are less frequently seen, and harder to photograph! Thanks for your tips on spotting them - very helpful.

Bruce

Masked Marvel's picture

Sorry Bruce...

Sorry BruceH

It's P. liolepis.

Only being a stickler as it's useful to link this to the other observations for this difficult to identify species.

BruceH's picture

Just changed it..

I have just changed it. You are 100% correct about getting the detail right.

Bruce