Clyde Amphibian and Reptile Group

Sand Lizards Hanging On

17/05/2014 14:14

It may be suroprising to learn that the Sand lizard Lacerta agilis, native to some coatal areas in southern Britain and the Merseyside coast, also  occurs in Scotland.  In 1970, 39 lizards were introduced to a Hebridean island as part of an experiment into their climatic tolererance and a small colony survives there to this day.  Chris McInerny visited this site in late April and saw male and female sand lizards indulging in breeding activity, as his photos here show.  The males are brilliantly-coloured at this time of the year while atracting and courting females, but this last for just a few weeks.

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