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Kidov A. A., Ivanov A. A., Kondratova T. ., Stolyarova E. A., Nemyko E. A. On Eggs Re-Laying of Greenbelly Lizards from the Darevskia (Chlorogaster) Complex (Reptilia, Lacertidae). Current Studies in Herpetology, 2019, vol. 19, iss. , pp. 153-159. DOI:

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On Eggs Re-Laying of Greenbelly Lizards from the Darevskia (Chlorogaster) Complex (Reptilia, Lacertidae)


The paper discusses cases of eggs re-laying in two lizard species from the Darevskia (chlorogaster) complex. A male and a female of D. Chlorogaster were captured on 22 March, 2016 in the Gilan province (Iran), and she subsequently laid eggs on 29 May (4 eggs) and 5 July (4 ones). The eggs had length of 10.4–12.8 mm, the width of 6.1–6.5 mm, and the weight of 0.240–0.340 g. Young lizards came out from seven eggs after 52–55 days of incubation. The body length of these newborn lizards was 22.9–27.8 mm, the tail length was 38.5–46.5 mm, and the weight was 0.330–0.460 g. A male and a female of D. caspica were captured on May 22 in the Mazandaran province (Iran). The female laid eggs on June 15 (3 eggs) and July 12 (4 ones). The length of the eggs was 10.0–12.0 mm, the width was 5.0–7.0 mm, and the weight was 0.220–0.310. Young lizards exited from all eggs in 54–68 days. Their body length was 23.1– 26.0 mm, the tail length was 39.0–47.0 mm, and the weight was 0.300–0.390 g. The authors believe that these cases prove the possibility of multiple reproductions per season in D. chlorogaster and D. caspica.

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