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  • El "Centro" De Los Lagartos Verdes Occidentales

    The western green lizard (Lacerta bilineata) in the gallery below is one of three adult males I encountered throughout May 2021 that apparently share the same territory, an area covering a few hundred square meters that also includes my garden, the narrow road just below and parts of a horse pasture on the other side from that road. At the center of the lizards' considerable kingdom grows a young oak tree which is almost completely overgrown by different types of shrub. The one shrub dominating everything else and covering most of the other bushes and half of the oak tree with a thick carpet of lush green leaves is a beautiful fly honeysuckle whose blossoms attract a wide array of different insects. I knew that "my" western greens liked that bush, but this year I was surprised to find that pretty much the whole Lacerta bilineata population seems to have relocated there. It's become "Western Green Central", so to speak, and the lizards spend large stretches of the day in that bush. It's just across from my pergola on the other side of the road, and I can easily observe my reptilian neighbors from a short distance without disturbing them. The females, of which I counted at least four adults, rarely seem to leave that fly honeysuckle at all; each one of them inhabits a different stretch of the bush, and at least from what I've seen they remain within their fairly small "sections" of shrub without crossing the "borders" to the other ladies' territories, though the largest female does occasionally visit the ground (I'm sure the others do too, I just haven't seen them do it yet). The three males climb around in the whole bush; they seem to "travel" back and forth between the different females, but never at the same time. They clearly try to avoid each other and pick different times of the day to be in the fly honeysuckle. There's also several youngsters that I believe hatched only last summer/autumn; I could tell apart at least two individuals (because one has a very distinct deformed scale on its head), though I believe there's at least half a dozen who are just hard to distinguish because they haven't developed any discernible color patterns yet (they're mostly just brown with yellowish green bellies and throats). It obviously makes sense that "my" lizards colonized that bush; the fly honeysuckle provides them with excellent cover (especially the youngsters and the females blend in so perfectly with its leaves they become virtually invisible); it offers safety from predators that hunt lizards mainly on the ground like cats or green whip snakes, and, perhaps most importantly, there's an abundance of food (even when it isn't blossoming the bush is visited and inhabited by all kinds of spiders, snails and insects, particularly by flies). So most of the photos I was able to take this year were either from animals in that bush or were taken on the ground right next to it. This beautiful male enjoying the morning sun on the leaves of the fly honeysuckle is now the first I'll share here. These were also some of the first photos I was able to shoot of Lacerta bilineata with my new camera (for the nerds among you: it's a Sony DSC RX10 MIV, and I'm very happy with it).

  • Lagarto Verde Yoga

    This juvenile Lacerta bilineata is again the one with the distinct dark scale on its head that has chosen my garden as its habitat, at least during the month of May in 2021. The little fella's favorite spot is usually a nice, flat rock underneath the zucchini seedlings, but here he for once chose a concrete brick (which I actually had put in place hoping it would make for a good sun-basking spot for lizards, so this made me happy :-). It was very funny watching this baby lizard enjoy the sun on that rock, and as it was constantly shifting position to find the perfect one where it would be most comfy while also getting the maximum amount of sunlight, I couldn't help but thinking of someone doing yoga positions. As I was getting closer with my camera I seem to have broken his concentration though, and as you can see by the funny looks he gave me, he didn't trust that weird two-legged giant with his strange apparatus for a second.

  • Lagarto Verde Occidental - Presas "Extraterrestres"

    Our local Lacerta bilineata population - as I have mentioned in other blog posts before - currently resides in a fly honeysuckle shrub that has overgrown a young oak tree. There's many good reasons why these western green lizards have colonized that bush: it provides safety from ground predators, lots of cover from danger above like hawks, plus the reptiles' natural green camouflage blends in excellently with the thick carpet of leaves that stretches over seven or eight meters. But what I've noticed also is that even before the fly honeysuckle starts blossoming and becomes a virtual bug El Dorado, it already attracts countless insects; especially flies seem to be almost magically drawn to its leaves (one would guess this is also how the plant came by its name ;-). These flies obviously are an excellent food source for the lizards, and as I've come to observe, for juvenile Lacerta bilineata in particular it might even be vital that their prey practically flies into their mouth, and they don't have to move around a lot to find food. The baby lizards are very vulnerable to predators, and they usually remain motionless among the leaves and mostly rely on their brown-green camouflage when danger approaches. Unlike the adults, which flee often long before you even see them, in my experience the youngsters only take flight at the last moment. This makes sense; as long as they don't move, in addition to being nearly invisible they also don't cause any vibrations or noise, and so predators such as snakes, cats or birds of prey would have a very hard time to find them. The baby lizards I was able to observe oftentimes would remain in the exact same spot for hours; they would just wait motionless until an unlucky fly would land on a leaf right in front of their mouths. And then they would only have to do a quick little forwad movement with their head to get dinner - without drawing any dangerous attention to themselves. So the gallery below is dedicated to those flies (all of them photographed on that honeysuckle shrub in May 2021). Apart from being an excellent food source for many animals, these insects are also important pollinators for many plants, and viewed up close they are of a striking alien beauty that never fails to fascinate me.

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  • SELECCIÓN DEL IDIOMA | Lacerta Bilineata | El Sitio Traducido En Otros Idiomas

    Seleccione su idioma preferido a continuación: This is me with my camera in my garden in Monteggio, Ticino (Switzerland), trying to get close enough for a usable photo to this beautiful western green lizard (lacerta bilineata) relaxing on that pillar without scaring it away. If you want to read a little bit more about how photographing these magnificent reptiles became a favorite hobby of mine, just click here . Ça c'est moi, avec mon appareil photo, dans mon jardin a Monteggio au Tessin (Suisse), en train de me rapprocher prudemment à cette bel lézard vert occidental (lacerta bilineata) qui se repose sur ce pilier sans l'effrayer. Si vous souhaitez en savoir un peu plus comment l'activité de photographier ces merveilleux reptiles est devenue mon hobby préféré, cliquéz ici . Sono io, con la mia macchina fotografica, nel mio giardino a Monteggio in Ticino (Svizzera), avvicinandomi cautamente a questo bellissimo ramarro occidentale (lacerta bilineata) che poggia su questo pilastro senza spaventarlo. Se desiderate saperne di più su come l'attività di fotografare questi meravigliosi rettili è diventata il mio hobby preferito, cliccate qui . Das hier bin ich, in meinem Garten in Monteggio im Tessin (Schweiz), beim Versuch, mit meiner Kamera nahe genug für ein Foto an diese wunderschöne Westliche Smaragdeidechse (Lacerta Bilineata) zu kommen, ohne das Tier zu erschrecken. Falls ihr etwas mehr darüber erfahren wollt, wie das Fotografieren dieser wunderschönen Reptilien zu meinem Hobby geworden ist, dann klickt hier . Este soy yo con mi cámara en mi jardín en Monteggio, Tesino (Suiza), tratando de acercarme a esto hermoso lagarto verde occidental (lacerta bilineata) descansando en ese pilar sin asustarlo. Si quieres leer un poco más sobre cómo fotografiar estos magníficos reptiles se convirtió en mi pasatiempo favorito, simplemente haz clic aquí .

  • Lagarto Verde | Lacerta Bilineata

    Out of gallery Sobre Este Sitio: ​ No soy un fotógrafo profesional, sólo soy un tipo con una cámara al que le encanta observar la vida salvaje alrededor de su casa de vacaciones en la hermosa región de Malcantone en Tesino, la parte de Suiza en que se habla italiano. ​ A lo largo de los años, un animal en particular ha captado mi atención más que cualquier otro de los visitantes y residentes no humanos de mi jardín, porque su belleza exótica y su tamaño considerable (hasta 45 cm la cola incluida) atraen inmediatamente la atención: el lagarto verde occidental (Lacerta bilineata), que los lugareños llaman "ramarro" o "ghezz / sghezz". En el dialecto italiano local, la palabra "sghezzare" significa "asustar", y tal cual se puede ver cómo surgió ese nombre: este pequeño dragón "extravagante" no sólo es mucho más grande que todos los demás lagartos de la región, sino que también muestra colores tan deslumbrantes, particularmente durante la temporada de apareamiento, que en un primer avistamiento inesperado, donde de repente podría cruzarse en tu camino, ciertamente podría darte un buen susto. Cuando vi por primera vez un "ghezz", mi primera impresión fue que tenía que ser un animal que se escapó de un zoológico, ya que encontrarme con un tal "ave del paraíso" fuera de una jungla tropical (¡y en mi jardín de todos los lugares!) parecía extrañamente fuera de lugar. Pero no, el "ramarro" pertenece tanto a la fauna local como su prima menor, la lagartija roquera (Podarcis muralis), y aunque es mucho más raro que su pariente menos excéntrico y suele huir inmediatamente cuando se le acerca, con un poco de paciencia (y gracias al gran arte del enfoque furtivo y sigiloso que he perfeccionado ;-) es posible observarlo de cerca y capturarlo con la cámara . Además, he descubierto que estos lagartos son bastante inteligentes; observan con atención su entorno y parecen tener mucha curiosidad por saber lo que sucede en su territorio. Y adaptan su comportamiento con respecto a los humanos a lo largo del tiempo; una vez que han decidido que no eres una amenaza (lo que suele ser después de que has estado entrando constantemente en su hábitat durante un par de días), se vuelven más tolerantes con tu presencia y solo huyen cuando tu acercamiento es repentino e inesperado o te pones demasiado dentro de su zona de fuga. Sé por videos de Youtube que hay personas que lograron ganarse la confianza de los lagartos verdes occidentales salvajes hasta el punto en que pudieron alimentarlos con la mano o incluso acariciarlos. Nunca lo he intentado. Me contento con observar su comportamiento natural y estoy más que feliz si consigo tomar una buena foto de vez en cuando, que luego puedo compartir con personas que tienen una pasión similar por la belleza de la naturaleza a la mía. Y ese, amigos míos, es precisamente el propósito de este blog: compartir fotos de este hermoso animal (y ocasionalmente de otros visitantes de mi jardín de la variedad non-homo-sapiens-sapiens) con gente de ideas afines. Out of gallery Todas las fotos que encontráis aquí fueron tomadas en y alrededor de mi jardín y solo muestran animales salvajes (y para los nerds entre vosotros: La cámara que he estado usando desde 2021 en adelante es una Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX Mark IV; la mayoría de las fotos antiguas las tomé con una Canon PowerShot SX 700 HS). Como ya he mencionado, no soy un fotógrafo profesional, así que disculpéis la calidad algo variable de las imágenes. Ah, y tampoco soy un biólogo ni un experto en lagartos (aunque una amiga mía me llama en broma a veces "ghezzperto" ;-), así que si notáis que arruiné la descripción de una foto, no dudéis en dejarme un comentario. Eso es todo; espero que disfrutéis de estas fotos, y no hesitéis de usar la sección de comentarios si queréis dejarme saber lo que pensáis o si tenéis preguntas.

  • Lagarto Verde Occidental | Lacerta Bilineata

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