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Close up picture of viviparous lizard / common lizard (Zootoca vivipara)

May 4th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Close up picture of viviparous lizard / common lizard (Zootoca vivipara)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera April 18th 2011. Click image for larger view.

The viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara) is the only lizard that lives in Norway. It is also known as common lizard and can be found in large parts of Norway. I’ve never seen lizards in Northern Norway, but they are found in a few places in Nordland and Troms, and in large parts of Finnmark. On Nesodden I have often observed lizards on rocks in the sun that disappears quickly when they come aware of risks. According to Wikipedia the common lizard preys on insects and spiders, but is hunted by birds and snakes.

I found this lizard under a stone where it lay perfectly still. It had not woken up from hibernation and thus I got the chance to get close in on the lizard to take this picture. I recommend you to click on the image to see it in large size.

Please check out my other close up / macro images on this page.


Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 150 mm
ISO Speed 400
Lens: Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM Macro
Location: Fjellstrand in Nesodden, Akershus in southeast of Norway

Tags: Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harry Hilders // Jun 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful job!

  • 2 Puddock // Aug 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Haven’t visited for a while but just had to comment on your beautiful picture of the lizard. The detail is wonderful!

  • 3 Digital photography // Aug 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    you have done a perfect job,the lizard is beautiful:)

  • 4 Harry Hilders // Dec 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! Great sharp photo..