Anatolian Rock Lizard (Lacerta anatolica)

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Description

Lacerta anatolica is found within the genus Lacerta.  Two different subspecies are known.  One of which is L. a. oertzeni which is endemic to Ikaria, whilst L. a. aegea is present on Samos (1). The Anatolian rock lizard has a snout-vent length of around 75 mm, with the adult males generally larger than females and little depression on their head and body (2). Parts of belly or whole belly are brick-red or whitish. Back is light brown with scattered black and white spots. Has a striated or banded coloured appearance. Males may have a red throat (1).  Juvaniles of the sub species L. a. oertzeni may have a blue coloured tail.

Habitat

It can be found in rocky habitats, in forested areas often near to a water source (2).

Life Cycle

The females lay a clutch of three to eight eggs (1).

Distribution

It can be found on islands off the coast of Anatolia, including Ikaria, Rhodes and Samos, as well as in the South and Western parts of Turkey (2).

Behaviour

Males tend to bite the flanks of the females during copulation (2).

Conservation status

Listed in IUCN Red List as Least concern (3).

Listed under Appendix III of BERN Convention (4).

References

Description written by Sheridan Willis (2009)

(1) Arnold, E.N., 2004. A field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Britain and Europe. 2nd ed. London: Harper Collins Publishers.

(2) Trek Nature (2009) Anatolian Rock Lizard (Anatololacerta anatolica anatolica) [online] Available: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo159154.htm [accessed 25/05/2009]

(3) IUCN (2008) IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [online] Available: http://www.iucnredlist.org [accessed 15/05/2009]

(4) Europe, C.o., 2002. Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats: Bern Convention. [Online] Available at: http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/FR/Treaties/Html/104-3.htm [Accessed 23 July 2009]