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Viviparous Lizard

Viviparous Lizard

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Mark Billiau.

World Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Viviparous Lizard

I spotted this Viviparous Lizard on the shelfs of one 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 27

  • Ushie Farkas 05/09/2011 2:51

    FANTASTISCH!!! Kompliment, Kompliment!!!
    Gruß Ushie
  • Nordeifeler 31/08/2011 21:42

    feine Schärfe bis ins Detail der "Waldeidechse?"..ein Belgischer Venn-Ranger,hat mir mal gesagt,die Eidechen auf den Holzstegen im "Hohen Venn"sind eine eigene Art..eben "Vennechsen"wer weiß...
    ich grüße dich Kai..
  • Deryck 30/08/2011 21:08

    Very interesting information about this interesting lizard/ Great shot too. I'm a little curious. Does it mean that they actually have soft eggs that stay and are hatched in their bodies?
  • John Mc D 30/08/2011 19:02

    Super shot, very nice composition and excellent sharpness
  • TeresaM 30/08/2011 17:49

    Le reptile est superbe.... la photo l'est tout autant ;-))
    Et les renseignements que tu donnes sont intéressants.
    BRAVO pour cette excellente présentation, Mark.
  • Mauro Stradotto 30/08/2011 15:13

    Stupenda ripresa per questa "affascinante modella",
    interessanti le informazioni!
    Buon pomeriggio, Mauro
  • Perry Blevins 30/08/2011 15:00

    Nice details you captured on the lizard. Thanks for the information. Very much appreciated.
    Regards, Perry
  • Alfred Schultz 30/08/2011 8:48

    Easy going on a man made path for a change.
    Lucky its tail is bend to save us screen-space.
    Regards - A
  • Adele Oliver 30/08/2011 2:55

    What a fine specimen and a great shot especially when they are such a shy creature. Excellent her beautiful patterns and colours, so sharp all these details.
    greetings, Adele
  • Inez Correia Marques 29/08/2011 23:10

    gorgeous little creature. I love it. super quality Mark
  • Rico Beer 29/08/2011 19:24

    Little Dragon ;-)
    LG Rico
  • Angelika Ritter 29/08/2011 17:59

    fantastic shot.
    I think I've seen more in africa then in germany or somewhere else in europe.
    bw angie
  • Vera M. Shulga 29/08/2011 17:50

  • A. Lötscher -Bergjäger- 29/08/2011 17:27

    Super hast du die Eidechse erwischt!!
    Vor allem, der gebogene Schwanz gibt dem Bild etwas ganz besonderes.
    LG Bergjäger
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 29/08/2011 16:19

    It enjoys a sun bath :-)))))))))))....GREAT!!!!!!!