Stellagama stellio

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Stellagama stellio

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Stellagama stellio

This diurnal lizard is one of the most abundant species in Israel. I found them almost everywhere taking sun bathes on rocks or ruins of ancient cities. Here are some photos from several places

Arbel National Park

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Tel Arad National Park

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Re: Stellagama stellio

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:48 pm

On Cyprus they were common too. But those which I saw were much brighter, probably because I saw them in summer while the photos of agamas you took were taken in winter/spring i suppose. They change their colour to darker to absorb more light which is needed as they are exothermic animals.
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Re: Stellagama stellio

Postby Mario Schweiger » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:51 am

Nice pictures of two subspecies ;)

Michal,
first, you should look for the distribution and you will see, the Cyprus stellio is its own ssp., cypriaca, while inIsrael there are at least two: Arbel NP (N Israel): stellio and Tel Arad NP ( S Israel): brachydactyla
http://vipersgarden.at/ARdb/species.php?cat=2&subcat=37&subcat3=Stellagama+stellio
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Re: Stellagama stellio

Postby Gabriel Martínez » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:47 am

Nice in situ photos!! did you find snakes in Israel?
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Re: Stellagama stellio

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:32 pm

Welcome & thanks for the pics!

I am going to be my annoying self, though, by stating that I am still in camp Laudakia as long as genus splits are based on inconclusive morphological data alone. :twisted:
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Re: Stellagama stellio

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:12 pm

Gabriel Martínez wrote:Nice in situ photos!! did you find snakes in Israel?


Unfortunatelly, no snakes were found...it was too cold for them
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