|Common or Viviparous Lizard |
(Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara)
So, here are the facts:
|They were docile enough that I could get quite close|
- They are one of three types of lizard that live in the UK, the Common Lizard, the Sand Lizard and the Slowworm, which is actually a leg-less lizard
- They are on average about 10-15 centimetres long, from their nose to their tail.
- They have lifespan of up to 12 years which I found pretty surprising for such a small creature.
- They are a protected species (under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) and are a priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
- It turns out that they might not be THAT common after all, just like the Common Gull.
- Their diet consists of small insects and spiders.
- The eggs are kept nice and warm until the time is right to lay them. When they have been laid, the young hatch in seconds. I also read, though, that they 'give birth' to inch long lizards in August. So if anyone can tell me which is right, I'd be grateful.
- They are cold-blooded so you will often find them lying on stone or logs in the sunshine, as they need the heat to warm their bodies.
- Common Lizards have a trick up their sleeves to avoid being captured by predators: if they are caught by the tail, they can snap it off and escape.
- Another amazing fact is that, if they live long enough, they can grow a new one back, although it will be shorter and thicker than the old one.
|There were younger ones around too |
but they were much more 'scampery'
Here are a few links to some more information on these amazing creatures:
Hope you enjoyed,