Lizard, Lizard on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

Podarcis muralis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)


There’s a Lizard on the wall in the grounds of the Abbey, Abbazia San Giusto, near Tarquinia in Italy. It’s not green; I can tell that straight away.

I’ve seen Italian Wall Lizards, Podarcis siculus, before . Here’s the first one I saw, in Puglia in the south of Italy, with the disappointment of realising it wasn’t in my childhood amphibians and reptiles book:

Agile feet


It was a beautiful fresh green colour. I got closer shortly after, with some portraits of these wonderful animals:

Italian Wall Lizard sunbathing in April


And even closer later on a visit to Tivoli:

Temples and Lounging Lizards


They were all the same species: The Italian Wall Lizard, Podarcis siculus

This Lizard is different, though. It’s brownish and yellowish:

Podarcis muralis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)


It’s a Common Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis. I suppose the word mural must mean wall.

Podarcis muralis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)


I’m wilting in this heat, but this Lizard is loving it:

Podarcis muralis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)
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