Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Common lizard taking advantage of the autumn sun

About common lizards:

Size:  Usually between 10 and 15cm long including tail
Average Lifespan: up to 12 years
Distribution:  Found throughout the U.K.
Months seen:  March to October.  During the winter Common Lizards hibernate underground
Habitat:  Grassland, heathland, forest edges, sand dunes and brownfield sites
Food:  Small insects and spiders
Conservation status: Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Threats to the common lizard: largely due to man, for example loss of their habitats and habitat fragmentation due to urbanisation and agricultural intensification.

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