A Touch Of Turquoise


Image by Arek

I first discovered these little colourful lizards when exploring the island of Formentera. And it was actually Floss with her yesterday's post about lizards, who inspired me to bring up this subject - thank you! The legend goes - these lizards, called 'lagartija' in Spanish are found only on the Balearic Islands and depending on the place where you are, they can be different in colours and hues. For example these very turquoise lizards are said to be found only on Formentera.


Image by Arek


They are protected by Spanish law so even if you do harm to one by accident - you can be prosecuted, which I guess led to them being everywhere where there are not too many people and they are so curious they can come very close to you - it is a matter of who gets scared first really :)


Image by Arek


These little reptiles are loved by the inhabitants of Ibiza and Balearic Islands in general - to the extent that they became the Islands' symbol.


Image by Flickr


More on Formentera coming soon!


Image by Olga

10 comments:

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Olga said...

Jonathan, that blog really touched me...

Anonymous said...

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juanitatortilla said...

Those lizards have a gorgeous colour. Wow. The wonder of nature.

Diatton said...

Lizards...Strange animals, my friend...

By the way, i just saw how you got informed for that young girl from Cyprus (talking about Maria)...

Floss said...

They are incredible, Olga! What an amazing range of colours - I love the idea that they vary according to the island they are found on.

The Whispering Poppies said...

I've never seen such a lovely color on a lizard!

Neera said...

Photos are incredible olga....And your writting also simple but attractive..Keep up the good work......

Viagens pelo Mundo said...

Hi Olga,

The pictures are wonderful and the colours are beautiful. It's really interesting that they change colour according to the island. Is there any special reason for that? I guess probably it has to do with their adaptation to a specific environment. I agree with Neera, the blog is very nice and atractive with various subjects, all of them very interesting. Yes, keep up with your good work because it's always a pleasure to visit you and leave you a warm hug. TI

Olga said...

Thank you all for the words of appreciation! I had some second thoughts whether lizards would be a good topic - but they totally are, thanks to you all!

Thanks for visiting, Neera!

TI - I hope you are ok and not too tired being so busy, thanks for your words of encouragement :)