Common Lizard – help with identification
August 24th 2009
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.
around 12 clumps in roadside ditch near Pollachapuill, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH). The first record for the last four years: 2018 - 13 March; 2017 - 19 Feb; 2016 - 3 March; 2015 - 19 Feb. (16/02)
single female Oldany estuary (DAH) (16/02)
seven birds Oldany estuary (DAH) (16/02)
nine birds Oldany estuary (DAH) (16/02)
single animal Loch Culag (Fiona Carter) (15/02)
single bird in full song at 7.30am, Nedd (Ian Evans) (13/02)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
single bird in Lochinver garden (Jane and Ian Young) (11/02)
three birds on River Inver opposite Little Assynt Tree Nursery (DAH) (11/02)