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Common Lizard?

Observed: 14th November 2012 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Sorry, not great photos but I'm pretty sure this is juvenile Common (or Viviparous) Lizard but I would appreciate confirmation or correction from any experts.
Also, is anyone able to identify the sex?

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Simon Walker's picture

And What's More...'s lost it's tail at some stage. They grow back, but never perfectly. It probably won't get any better than this.
When the tail is shed (grabbed by a predator) it breaks away, but continues to writhe in order to divert the predator.
Should it be necessary to pick up a lizard (and I hasten to say you shouldn't) don't pick them up by the tail.

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Thanks Simon

I didn't pick this one up but it chose to walk on me and seemed happy to wander around my hand and arm for a few minutes.

Any idea as to the sex?

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No idea. The ones I usually see have disappeared for the winter now; but on warm days it's not uncommon to see half adozen or more. I think they're super little creatures.



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I agree, lovely wee beastie and this one seemed to like me too.

Eskling's picture

A late sighting

Very late in the year for these to be out and about - should really be hibernating!

ar8922's picture

Thanks Glen1

From what I've read I'd agree with that but this is Devon and the usual rules often don't apply. It was also particularly sunny and quite warm today... I was certainly working up quite a sweat clearing scrub!