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As its name suggests this
lizard is widely distributed in Wales
The common lizard grows to about 15cm long, most of this being a
long, thin tail which is quickly jettisoned if the lizard is picked
up by a predator or human. The colour can be quite variable, from
brown and yellow to bright green. This can cause confusion with the
rare sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), which has a much 'heavier'
appearance, especially the head and neck, and is confined to a
few sand-dune sites.
Common lizards eat small invertebrates. The young are born
between June and August.
The common lizard is widely distributed throughout Wales,
occupying many different types of habitat, especially where there
is dense cover adjacent to open areas for basking. It is often
most easy to see in coastal areas such as cliff tops and
Information from CCW Species Series: Reptiles in
Status (Legal protection)
- Species of principal importance in Wales (S.42)
- UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species
Information from www.jncc.gov.uk.
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