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

Great Northern Diver

single bird in almost complete breeding plumage, Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Great Skua

single bird over Clashnessie Bay (DAH) (15/10)

Pink-footed Goose

single skein of c130 birds heading south-east over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Otter

single animal crossing road at Culag River bridge, Lochinver (DAH) (14/10)

Long-tailed Tit

noisy, active flock of c12 birds, Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (14/10)

Common Dolphin

two small, very active pods (12 and 6) off Clachtoll (DAH) (13/10)

Great White Egret

single bird feeding along north-east side of Loch Borralan (Les and Liz Pearce). This is the first known record of this Grey Heron sized bird in Assynt. It also follows on from Les and Liz adding Little Egret to the Assynt bird list last September! (Photo Gallery - Birds) (12/10)

Redwing

c60 birds, Clashnessie (DAH) (12/10)

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