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

Mixed Thrushes

four Mistle Thrush and single Fieldfare and Redwing, Oldany Farm (DAH) (26/02)

Whooper Swan

three birds (two adult, one 1st-winter) Loch Culag (Fiona Carter) (26/02)

Tufted Duck

two male birds, Loch na Claise (DAH) (26/02)

Curlew

10 birds on grazing land, Balchladich (DAH) (26/02)

Cormorant

single adult bird, Lochan Fearna, Lagg (DAH) (26/02)

Otter

two animals feeding at the water line during low tide, Loch Kirkaig (Fiona Carter) (25/02)

Goldeneye

two pairs on Loch Ruighean an Aitinn, Drumbeg (Ian Evans) (23/02)

Primrose

one small clump flowering, south facing sheltered spot, Lochinver (DAH) (23/02)

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