Italian Wall Lizard (Podarcis sicula)

Italian Wall Lizard (Podarcis sicula)

Record Information
Created: July 23rd, 2015 - 11:20 AM
Last Modified: August 6th, 2015 - 03:40 PM
Entered by: Kyle Loucks
Record # 90279

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Observation Information
County: Bucks County
Time: 2015-07-23 09:00:00
Qty: <10
Age: Varying
Sex: Both
Air Temperature: 73.00F
Cloud Cover: Clear
Weather Conditions: Calm
Elevation: 62.00ft
Habitat: Residential neighborhood

Notes

Observed 3 males and 2 females as well as collected 1 juvenile. Firmly established in this neighborhood. Several other residents also reported seeing them on their properties.

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Comments

  • Kyle Loucks Jul 28, 2015 at 08:57 AM

    There is a tiny population of 5 lined skinks within a few miles which I feel were also added by human intervention. The population of wall lizards seems secure in this neighborhood and so far, occupies about a 2 block area. Curiously, all have been observed around the landscaped houses and not in the adjacent "green way" park area which is just across the small street.

  • Ray Shearer Jul 23, 2015 at 08:28 PM

    Awesome discovery! I am pretty sure that they have been present in that area for some time and so far haven't spread too much, but who knows. If you took the philosophical route, you could say that human interference is natural because humans are a product of nature. I personally don't think that justifies mankind eradicating species, but I have heard it argued. Humans seem to be the "acid test" for species and unfortunately, a lot are failing! I feel that humans truly should be the stewards of nature and try to preserve as many species as we can.

  • Duane Stafford Jul 23, 2015 at 03:59 PM

    Yes, great record, but who knows what an introduced species like this might do to indigenous species?? Could it eventually end up like pythons in the Everglades? Hope not!!

  • Katharine Gipe Jul 23, 2015 at 03:22 PM

    Wonderful!