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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2009-06-30
Categorías: Reptiles
Cámara: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposición: f/7.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Tema(s): Reptiles of Europe, Reptiles (Reptilia), Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 4 [view contributor(s)]
Fecha enviada: 2009-08-01 6:01
Vista: 4395
Puntos: 36
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Hello my Friends!
Today the second picture from my Scandinavian trip, this time from beautiful country named Sweden :>

This is a female of Viviparous Lizard Zootoca vivipara (Von Jacquin, 1787) - (Lecertidae) (in Polish: jaszczurka zyworodna). As you can see this one will be a mother soon :>

As every reptile species, also this lizard is protected by Swedish law. In total 6 species of Reptilia are known terrestrial habitats of Sweden: Vipera berus, Coronella austriaca, Natrix natrix, Anguis fragilis, Lacerta agilis and this one.

Picture was taken in beautiful area of Store Mosse National Park. The name of park can be tranlated as "huge bog" :>

If you like, please feel free to look here to see a specimen which is "nornal" (not pregnat) :>

thor68, cedryk, Miss_Piggy, Gert-Paassen, nglen, boreocypriensis, uleko, SelenE, meyerd, rousettus ha puntuado esta nota como útil.
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2009-08-01 7:53]
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Hello Radomir,
We know Store Mosse well and have visited it several times to photograph the insect life.
But we have never seen a pregnant lizard there before! You can see she has lost her tail once.

The Sand lizard is rare in Småland and is mostly found in the east. I think this is a female Vivaporous Lizard (Lacerta vivipara) that is expecting live young. The sand lizard lays eggs and is found in drier habitats, rarely near bogs.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Radomir,
a fantastic picture of this Lizard taken from an excellent POV, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, very nice composition with a great pose of this lovely female.
Best regards

Super Ci wyszła, gratuluję świetnego zdjęcia!

hello Radomir
this is a super shot with many details
great sharpness and good light
this is a very vat lizzard
greeting lou

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2009-08-01 13:35]
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Fotka swietna, niezla kielbasa :-) Troche nawet oblesna jak tak lypie oczami. Ja bym sie zgodzil z Ivanem ze to jednak zyworodna jest - Zootoca vivipara, wedlug nowej koncepcji. Co prawda ubarwienie jest bardzo zmienne ale glowa jest bardziej jednak jak u zyworodnej. Pamietasz moze jaki miala kolor brzucha? Zyworodna ma taki troche pomaranczowy.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-08-01 13:57]

oh wow, it looks like it is going to burst anytime now. excellent capture of the pregnant lizard, never seen something
like that before. great eye-contact and amazing details. well done & best wishes, thor.

Hallo Radomir
Thanks for sharing such an interesting image. I have never seen a reptile about to have a baby or babies and this is such a pretty sight of this big bellied Lizard. You have captured her with great detail and clarity and the prominent features are well seen. The texture of the scales is really beautiful, and especially the ones on the tailpiece are great to look at. She looks relaxed, but I am sure she is just tired of carrying this heavy load. If she was aware of your presence, it does not seem if it is bothering her. This is a lovely image, with great details that are well seen, focus that is sharp, point of view that is just right and a composition that draw the eye to look closer. It was a pleasure to stop by such a beautiful mamma to be. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hi Radoir,

an very nce picture from this Lizard.
Good pov with fine colours.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-02 12:05]

Hi Radomir. She is a very large Lizard. I would hope by now she has had young. You have taken this with fine detail and sharp focusing. From your low POV we can see all of the markings so clearley. well done TFs.

Hi and Good Morning Radek,
An excellent close-up capture of this lovely pregnant female from dorsal POV with great clarity, details and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

Ps. if you decide to visit Izmir, please let me know. May be we could make some joint trips:)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2009-08-03 2:50]

Czesc Radek!

Bardzo mi sie podoba to zdjecie. Jaszczurka nie tylko sfotografowana bardzo dobrze technicznie, ale tez w ciekawym miejscu i w dodatku w ciazy. Nie mowiac juz o jej smiesznej i zaskoczonej minie :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2009-08-03 5:16]

Hello Radomir,
Your first capture from Sweden and Store Mosse which is a lovely place but I've never seen a pregnant Lizard before!! Brilliant capture showing sharp details and fine colours. Very well composed too. I think it's borrowed the tail from an Armadillo! :-))
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hola Radomir,
mucha calidad en tu toma de este reptil hembra. Bien captadas las texturas de su cuerpo y de la base de roca. Luz sobrada que permite observar la escena con nitidez. Un bonito trabajo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2009-08-05 15:20]

Hello Radomir,
Quite an interesting lizard for me. Very nice details and pose
Best wishes,

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 583 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
  • [2009-08-25 11:43]

Hi Radomir,
your lizard picture has been mounted on TN a while ago, sorry for my oversight. It is simply marvellous, even funny (the hind leg does'nt seem to reach the ground any more so "fat" is the lizard). The picture is rich in details due to its sharpness: you can count the number of scales, see their shape and so on, important for ID. Good composition too. Well done, Radomir.
Best regards

Hello Radomir,
what a great capture with great pose giving as a master model. sharp details, POV/DOF, green BG and composition superb. informative notes always great. I remember the name Lacerta vivipara. I think this is former name of yours. As you know, recently many reptile species were divided into two or more species and changed many genus names. Sometimes I feel very far lizards and snakes systematics:)
thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend.
thanks for your reply. dont worry about message.
I was also in long trip and I came back in last week. So, I understand you very well.
have a good night

Hello Radomir,
very clear and precise image filled with pleasantly soft light, showing that female of the Viviparous Lizard in a perfectly illustrative and emotionally touching way.
Interesting to note its successfully replaced new tail,too.
Thank you! With best regards,

soo pregnant ! :D
veyr nice pics for this Zootoca.
We have Zootoca vivipara also in north Italy, on hills and mountains more frequently (on Alps at high altitude is the most common lizard).
Great details and beautiful colors
good work!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2009-10-02 2:46]

hi Radomir,
superbs shot with the details well seen. i like the contrast of the rock and the grass.
Well seen in brilliant light and a pleasant view of nature.


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