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Lizards - Not so easy! by Maree  Clarkson

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Black ink sketch and W&N watercolour wash in Moleskine Nature journal

  1. “So you see! There’s no end to the things you might know,
    Depending how far beyond Zebra you go.”

    - Dr. Seuss

I have a couple of Lizards living in my bathroom court-yard garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) and I often find them sunning themselves on the walls or the rocks and tree stumps. These cold-blooded reptiles eat insects such as ants, beetles, larvae and flies, so the ones we get around the house or game lodges are actually very welcome!

Being cold-blooded means that they don’t have a control mechanism keeping their body temperature constant irrespective of their surroundings. They need the sun to warm their blood and provide them with energy to move and will remain mostly inactive on cold days and may hibernate in winter. There are no poisonous Lizards in southern Africa and South Africa is home to more than 200 lizard species, making it the richest country for lizard diversity in continental Africa.

The common lizard gives birth to live young, but other reptiles lay eggs. The lifespan of lizards is between 1 – 3 years.

I have tried to search the name of my lizards, but to no avail. There aren’t even any pictures available on the internet. All I can find is that they are from the Suborder Lacertilia, but with no other information available. I’m going to call them my Common Lizards. Number one, I didn’t know they would be so difficult to identify and, number two, so difficult to sketch! Never again will I say, “How difficult can this be?!” lol!

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Sauropsida
Order : Squamata
Sub-Order : Lacertilia

From my portfolio Nature Journal Sketches

  1. 2nd February 2012 – FEATURED in Sketching and Drawings

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    Very wonderful info of your common lizard!!

  • Thanks a lot Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic work, Maree! I like the way you document your images with the what, where, and when information. It’s like a diary.

  • Thank you very much Dot. Yes, these are my Nature journals, or diaries, I record events as they happen, when the swallows return, who hatches when, etc, etc. I’m a correspondent on a blog called Sketching in Nature, so most of these images go there first! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

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