Headshot of male Sand Lizard - had to be VERY stealthy to get this close with a 100 mm macro lens.
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Can you tell us more about where you found him and how big he is?
Thanks for the comments on the photo. He's a full size adult male - bigger and bulkier than the Common Lizard. They are still fairly small at around 6 to 8 inches including the tail, and their camouflage makes them tricky to spot. Your best chance of seeing one is during the next month before all the plants have fully leafed up. You need to be very cautious as they have excellent eyesight and hearing - you will often hear of see them scuttle off before you can spot them.
Sand Lizards are found on lowland heaths and dunes, mainly in the south of the UK. As the name suggests, the area has to be sandy as they lay their eggs in warm sand.
I recommend anyone to click on the image to see it full size. The focus is perfect and highlights every detail. I particularly like the sun spot and reflection in his eye.
Terrific work Vinny, congratulations.
Thanks Tim! I enjoy my macro photography, and this is one of my personal faves so glad to see others also like it.
An excellent photograph, so detailed. Thanks.
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