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Common Wall Lizards

Observed: 2nd February 2013 By: ranon.2011ranon.2011’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesranon.2011’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesranon.2011’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
02.02.2013 Common Wall Lizard
02.02.2013 Common Wall Lizard (1)

Enjoying the warmth of the stones heated by the sun, but out of the wind and being eyed by the Kestrel.

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Masked Marvel's picture

That's February covered

That's February covered quickly! Should be plain sailing until at least November now.

trevindevon's picture

Probably showing my ignorance

I havn't had time to study the reptiles recently like I used to as a nipper but are these Wall lizards now resident to UK and Bournemouth in particular and were these pics actually taken yesterday. No sign of Common lizards or Slowworms down here in South Devon yet. Not as many about in the garden as too many neighbours felines about.

Masked Marvel's picture

Hello trevindevon Yes, they

Hello trevindevon

Yes, they are well established in Bournemouth and a lot of other places in the UK now. Mostly along the south coast, but also a few inland sites too.

trevindevon's picture


Thanks MM. Good to know and it would certainly be nice to see some down here. There are enough good maritime dry stone walls about and south facing. I'll keep a sharp lookout although the Common lizard is certainly well down in numbers on years gone by. I usually see a few in early spring often with complete tails but later in the year they have either vanished or at best survived with lost tails. Loads of Slowworms in our wild garden thankfully.

Masked Marvel's picture

They are nice animals to see

They are nice animals to see but where they do occur they may be having a negative effect on the native lizards. Which isn't so good...

trevindevon's picture

Last question

Do they lay eggs like Sand Lizards or have live young like the Commons and Slowworms?

Masked Marvel's picture


They lay eggs, under stones or in cracks in rocks which heat up in the sun.

Eskling's picture

Great to see them so early

Weather data for Springbourne, Bournemouth showed a max of just 7.6C on 2nd Feb. Amazing what a bit of sunshine in the right place can do.

trevindevon's picture

For me too

Yes. It does not take much sun to liven us all up but I was surprised to see them so early in the year. Our January 14th frogspawn was also a bit of a surprise.

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The photographs were taken on

The photographs were taken on 2nd at 12:49 and 13.14 hrs respectively. If you walk along the promenade at these times, the sun would have warmed the stones high enough for the lizards to look for food and bask.

Masked Marvel's picture

Year-round reptiles

You can see these at any time of year if the sun is shining enough. Ranon already posted an observation from January. http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/311690