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Mark Billiau.

Pro Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Viviparous Lizard

I spotted this Viviparous Lizard between the chinks of the wooden paths in the swamps of the Belgian national park ‘Hohes Venn’, while taken a sunbath to reach its optimum body temperature, which is about 30°C.

This extreme shy reptile is a typical inhabitant of swamps and damp forests. The name of the species is derived from its ability to give birth to live young where reptiles are commonly oviparous (egg-laying).

Dutch name : Levendbarende Hagedis
German name : Waldeidechse
Latin name : Zootoca vivipara

Comments 24

  • Marlies W. 10/10/2009 11:23

    Hallo Mark, was für eine Schärfe....du bist zu beneiden!!!
    GLG Marlies ;-))
  • Wendy de With 08/10/2009 21:48

    Well spotted, nice capture of this lizard.
    Greetings, Wendy
  • Adele Oliver 08/09/2009 2:21

    Oh, he is magnificent!! Compliments, Mark!
    cheers, Adele
  • adriano j faria 08/09/2009 0:33

    Terrific light and sharpness...great macro!!!!

  • Canan Oner 08/08/2009 21:13

    A superb capture Mark..great sharpness.....
  • susi schl. 08/08/2009 18:40

    Schön, dass du ihn gesehen hast, bei mir huschen die immer weg.
    Sehr schönes Foto in optimaler Schärfe

  • Anca Silvia B. 08/08/2009 11:43

    Lovely indeed..very good pic,Mark.Hugs,Anca
  • Pozer Katalin 08/07/2009 23:14

    Hello, Mark!
    Excellently focused shot and very good quality. Lovely fellow :-)
    Hugs, Kati
  • Deryck 08/07/2009 21:54

    I have never heard of a lizard that gives birth. A very interesting story. Very beautiful capture too
  • JeannyL 08/07/2009 20:36

    ein super Macro Mark
    LG Jeanny
  • Josef Kainz 08/07/2009 20:01

    Sehr schön festgehalten klasse Aufnahme
    lg. josef
  • Mauro Stradotto 08/07/2009 19:14

    Magnifica e difficile ripresa!!!!!
  • Inez Correia Marques 08/07/2009 18:58

    A wonderful lcloose up. Good details . and i love the inquisite look !

    thanks for all the info Mark
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 08/07/2009 13:49

    Super lizard pic!!!!!
  • Ushie Farkas 08/07/2009 12:06

    EXCELLENT !!! SUPERBE MACRO !!! Salut Ushie
  • Hans-Reiner Bohn 08/07/2009 12:03

    gefällt mir sehr gut....
    Schön-sonniges WE!
    g, reiner
  • Die Mohnblumen 08/07/2009 11:54

    Schönes Motiv, klasse in Szene gesetzt.
    LG K-H
  • Reinhard... 08/07/2009 11:23

    I like to spot the little Lizards too, so beautiful faszinating animals...

  • Sanri Yutardo 08/07/2009 11:03

    Ok, its IMHO very sharpness pic,
  • Véronique Soulier 08/07/2009 10:44

    Excellent... he was wondering what you did ! bye VS
  • Ayse Nalan Yasin 08/07/2009 10:41

    Excellent macro, great details.
  • Angela ML. 08/07/2009 8:45

    An excellent macro ++++
    LG Angela ML
  • Heinz Janovsky 08/07/2009 8:14

    Sehrschöne scharfe Aufnahme von der kleinen Echse.
    Gruß Heinz
  • ELEIRBAG 08/07/2009 8:14

    S u p e r LG Gabriele