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.
single female sunning herself on Little Assynt All-Abilities Path (DAH) (01/07)
Common Blue damselfly
20+ along one stretch of Little Assynt All-Abilities Path (DAH) (01/07)
Common Darter dragonfly
6+ along one stretch of Little Assynt All-Abilities Path (DAH) (01/07)
16+ animals off Raffin (DAH/Charlotte Newell) (29/06)
two pale morph birds off Stoer Head Lighthouse (DAH) (29/06)
single adult bird, Loch na Bruthaich (DAH). This is a non-breeding loch for this species so it will have flown here from its breeding loch for a bit of RnR! (29/06)
Six-Spot Burnett moth
two in old quarry near Little Assynt (Cheryl Smith) (28/06)
two adult birds, Loch Inver (DAH) (27/06)