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

Blackcap

single male bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Yellow-browed Warbler

single bird in Torbreck garden (Gwen Richards) (30/09)

Slow-worm

single reptile spotted on Baddidarach to Achmelvich path (Ballal Mirza) (29/09)

Brent Goose

single light-bellied bird on rock in Clashnessie Bay (DAH). This bird had two coloured leg rings and we are trying to establish its history. Update 30-9-20 - we have heard back from the Irish Brent Goose Ringing Group and this bird was ringed as a juvenile in South Dublin in December 2019. (29/09)

Little Grebe

three birds, Lochan Sgeireach, Stoer (DAH) (29/09)

Sparrowhawk

single bird, probably juvenile, in 'dogfight' with Hooded Crow for over 10 minutes (Gwen Richards and Ian M. Evans) (29/09)

Viper's-bugloss (Echium vulgare)

single plant in fenced ground, Culkein Stoer (Ian M. Evans and Gwen Richards). First record of this plant in Assynt since 2006 (29/09)

Bar-tailed Godwit

single bird Bay of Culkein (Gwen Richards and Ian Evans) (29/09)

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