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Common Wall Lizard - Podarcis muralis

(Laurenti, 1768)

(aka European Wall Lizard)






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These lizards are not natives of British Columbia. They were introduced to Vancouver Island at Saanich in 1970 by a private zoo keeper who released about a dozen of them after closing his pet zoo, Rudy's Pet Park.
The subspecies has been attributed to Podarcis muralis maculiventris, originating in Italy.

[G. Deichsel & S. Schweiger (2004) Herpetological Review. 35 (3): 289–290.]

In 2020 there were estimated to be half a million of these lizards present on Victoria Island, far more than the native Northern Alligator Lizard, and it is believed that the Wall Lizards have also spread to the lower mainland.

[Omar Washington, Capitol Daily 9/20/20]
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