Podarcis muralis

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A wall lizard, sunbathing on a rock, in Germany.

The wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is a fairly common species of lizard, living in Europe, on rocks or wall cracks. It is called the common wall lizard, European wall lizard, or simply "wall lizard", despite the fact that the last name is also used for its relatives.

The common wall lizard is a small, thin lizard. Its small scales have very differenct colours and patterns. Its coloration is generally brownish or greyish. Sometimes it has a little bit of green. The tail is brown, grey or rust in colour. The belly has 6 rows of larger rectangular scales that are generally reddish, pink, or orangish. Common wall lizards may also have dark markings on the throat.