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

Snow Bunting

single bird, Balchladich (Claire Belshaw) (01/12)

Woodcock

five birds flew up from road verge between Little Assynt Tree Nursery and All-abilities car parks (Vickii Campen) (30/11)

Golden Eagle

single bird north of Elphin (Vickii Campen) (30/11)

Moorhen

single bird Loch an Aigeil (DAH) (30/11)

Peregrine

single bird hunting over Clachtoll/Stoer (DAH) (30/11)

Curlew

15 birds over Bay of Stoer (DAH) (30/11)

Red-breasted Merganser

five birds (3 male, 2 female) on river out from Spar car park, Lochinver (Vickii Campen) (28/11)

Goldeneye

single female, Loch Drumbeg (DAH) (27/11)

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