Thursday, 16 August 2007

Iberian Wall Lizard (Podarcis hispanica)

Adult Iberian Wall Lizard (Podarcis hispanica - unknown subspecies) at Toledo, Spain - June 2015

Local Name (Spain): Lagartija IbĂ©rica ("Wall Lizard")
Weight: 3.7g
Length: 15-20cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A fairly common resident of Spain, it is found in a variety of habitats, including in Cities in fairly open places where they can bask, including rocks, stone plazas, walls and even manhole covers.  It is very variable in colouration and patterning across its range, which meant that identifying this species was a tricky, there are other species in the area with similar appearances.  This particular lizard was living on the rocky steps of a small plaza next to a church in Toledo - scurrying under the slabs whenever it felt threatened.

Related Species:
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Podarcis
SUBSPECIES: P. h. hispanicus, P. h. cebennensis, P. h. sebastiani

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Common to locally abundant resident, particularly in Cities.
 - MADRID 2015 TRIP: A number seen in Madrid and Toledo
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: Several seen in Madrid and El Pardo

Further Notes:  RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List .

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