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Is this a Catalan Wall Lizard? (1 Viewer)

Muppit17

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Seen last week at the Rec above Gruissan near Narbonne, this lizard had me pondering due to the large lateral pale strip.

There doesn't appear to be a picture of this type, but the text mentions this can be a feature of CWL. The relatively long snout seems to fit - maybe.

Still trying to get to grips with the variability of these small lizards. Does anyone have experience to say one way or another?
 

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RafaelMatias

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Portugal
Sorry, not a Wall Lizard (Podarcis sp.) at all. This is a Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus): look at the triangular, sharp and keeled scales. The rusty colour is a good indication at a distance.
 

Muppit17

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Sorry, not a Wall Lizard (Podarcis sp.) at all. This is a Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus): look at the triangular, sharp and keeled scales. The rusty colour is a good indication at a distance.

Thanks Rafael, keep on overlooking Psammodromus and now you point it out the keeled scales are obvious.

Many thanks for your assistance
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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