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.

 

Report a Sighting

Recent Sightings

Grasshopper Warbler

single 'reeling' bird, Little Assynt Tree Nursery (Val Badger) (24/04)

Blackcap

single singing male at beginning of path to Kirkaig Falls, Inverkirkaig (Gwen Richards) (24/04)

Speckled Wood butterfly

two butterflies on Torbreck croft (Gwen Richards) (24/04)

Stoat

single animal climbing up house drainpipe, Clachtoll (Susie Bower-Browng)  (24/04)

Cuckoo

two birds seen and heard Drumbeg peat road (DAH) (23/04)

Chiffchaff

single bird singing Cnoc Glas, Drumbeg (DAH) (23/04)

Black-spotted longhorn beetle (Rhagium mordax)

single in Achmelvich garden (Richard Evans) (22/04)

Palmate Newt

two in Loch Leathad a'Phris Droighinn, Clachtoll (Ian Evans and Gwen Richards). One of these was a male in breeding condition. (22/04)

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