Common Lizard

Common Lizards © 2012 Sarah Hughes

The Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara – is very agile and lives in a multitude of habitats. It is easily disturbed, but with sharp claws it can quickly scamper away and even climb trees. If a preditor seizes a lizard’s tail, it can shed it and so escape, the tail may even be shed if the lizard is threateed, so to divert attention while it scuttles to safelty.   A new tail will grow from the stump, but it will never be as long or as perfect as the origianal one.

They emerge from hibernation in early spring. They mate in April and the young are born in midsummer. Before autumn ends they retire under stones, cracks etc to hiberntate.

Common lizards live for five to six years.

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