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Wall Lizard

The wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is a species of Lacertilia in the family Lacertidae. This small lizard is native to continental Europe, more precisely to the Italian and Balkan regions. It is widely present in all the countries of Mediterranean or neighboring Europe, but not in the Mediterranean islands. It has been introduced to North America and England.
The genus name Podarcis comes from the Greek ποδάρχις and means "quick-footed", and the species name comes from the Latin mūrālis which means "of the rampart, of the walls".

It is present in a wide range of habitats, between sea level and altitudes that exceed 2000 m. In general, it lives in dry, sunny, stony environments with poor vegetation. It likes places sheltered from the wind, with open areas exposed to the sun, and places that are full of holes and cracks, or possible refuges in case of need. So a habitat that meets its major biological imperatives: to warm, to save, to protect, to feed.

It is both a predator and a prey. He is a hunter of insects and other small animals, who is formidable in the art of the lookout. It feeds on spiders, lepidoptera (butterflies, caterpillars, moths or moths), orthoptera (locusts, crickets), earthworms, small slugs, aphids, diptera (flies, mosquitoes, etc.) , beetles (beetles, ladybugs...) and even hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants...)

Source: Wikipedia.

Wall lizard (Podarcis muralis)
Liège (Belgium)
April 2022