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Common Lizard (Green colouration)

Observed: 4th September 2013 By: EsklingEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesEskling’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Common Lizard
Description:

Interesting to see the variation in colour from my previous observation (Agnew's Hill) where the heathland lizard had a strong brown colouration. This one, a few miles away, in grassland, is a nice subtle shade of green.

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Masked Marvel's picture

Nice lizard!

Very nice specimen. Greenish common lizards are pretty common but this one is particularly bright.

Eskling's picture

Only the one reptile here...

... so the colour variations are a bit of added interest!

Philip

nightfly's picture

This is a cracker Philip. Ive

This is a cracker Philip. Ive only seen 2 this green before out of several dozen encounters with the species.

Cathal.

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I found a half grown green

I found a half grown green one on a stone at the side of a lough surrounded by blanket bog but with lush green vegetation on parts of the shoreline. The other really green one, an adult was found on upland grassland only a few metres from the hill top where the heather took over.

Cathal.

Eskling's picture

Habitat

There must be some connection between colour and habitat. I see green ones mainly in grassland or bracken and brown ones in heather/peatland but a lot of variation in between. Maybe its as simple as, if it stands out against the background, it gets predated at an early age.

Philip

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It would certainly stand to

It would certainly stand to reason.

Cathal.