Monday, 7 July 2008

Common Lizard

Now is a good time to spot Common Lizards (also known as the viviparous lizard because it gives birth to live young) as they bask in the sun.

They average about 14cms in length and colouration can vary from shades of brown, grey and/or green. They have the ability to shed their tail in order to fool predators when threatened.

They can live almost anywhere, but they prefer reasonably warm, sheltered places with good basking sites. They feed on insects and also snails.

The female gives birth to 3-12 young from June - September and the young feed actively from birth and disperse quickly. Common Lizards hibernate from October - March.

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