09 August 2011

The lizard of Magnesia

This was probably a Laudakia stellio, a relatively large lizard that inhabits rock outcrops, ruins and even the walls of houses in western Turkey and elsewhere.

I saw this one on one of the surviving walls of Magnesia on the Meander last July in Turkey. They are quite skittish, as are most lizards, and quickly disappear inside a crevice as soon as they spot an approaching human.

A telephoto lens would have produced a better picture, but I didn't have one with me.

1 comment:

Voglu said...

I am really digging your blog. I am amazed that you've been to Turkiye. Most people just speak of it or only see the cities and not the nature. Its great to see these pictures. I hope they dont stop.