Common Lizard – help with identification

August 24th 2009

Common Lizards

Males: speckled back and orange belly also penial bulge below

Females: dots on back arranged in a dark line and creamy belly

Juveniles: about 4cm long, are almost black but soon become bronze.

Young: born during August and you can differentiate males and females by the following summer.

 

Lizards v Snakes

  • Lizards have eyelids and rigid jaws unlike snakes.
  • Lizards have live young, they do not lay eggs.
  • Lizards have sensory tongues which, like snakes, are slightly forked.
  • Lizards shed their tails as a defence mechanism so never catch them by the tail, they grow back it is always obvious.
  • Lizards slough their skin but only in tiny bits not like snakes which shed their skin in one piece.

 

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Recent Sightings

Harbour Porpoise

three adults, one of which had a calf, off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Common Scoter

19 birds flying north off Stoerhead Lighthouse (DAH) (15/06)

Great Northern Diver

single bird in breeding plumage, Loch Dhrombaig (DAH) (14/06)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

three birds Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (14/06)

Whooper Swan

single adult bird on Loch Cul Fraioch (Robin Shrubsole) (13/06)

Whimbrel

Six at Clachtoll crofts disturbed by three great skuas flying overhead (AS) (13/06)

Sand Martin

single bird Allt nan Uamh, at start of Bone caves walk (Robin Shrubsole) (12/06)

Mountain Hare

single animal spooked from below grassy bank, Beinn an Fhuarain plateau (Robin Shrubsole) (12/06)

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