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Lizards like this one can be found and seen from a pretty close range, just underneath the Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca.

All you have to do is, look closely, wait patiently and be still enough not to scare the little creatures away. The lizards are not geckos, I believe, but lagartos, or sargantanas (in Mallorquin). I think this one is the Podarcis hispanica in Binomial nomenclature terms. They are related to iguanas in a way, I think.

You can find hundreds of similar lizards, albeit in a blueish colour version, on the island of Dragonera, just west of Andratx and Sant Elm, the Podarcis lilfordi giglioli (Dragonera lizard).

The lizards are a protected species. Just look, or snap or film, but don’t touch them. Their tails come off, just like that.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 22nd, 2008. The time was 14:05:27.

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