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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 10:52am

Just for Keith.  Wink   Here are some pics of where you originally thought I was from a week or so ago, as well as some of the indigenous locals.







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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Paul Hudson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 12:55pm
Over the years I've produced a lot of second clutches from the captive Merseyside sand lizards, and every time this has happened I've witnessed a second round of mating, usually within a week or so of laying the first clutch, in years when my males have gone out of breeding condition, despite the generous amounts of food that I offer the females they have never laid without the second bout of mating.

Also on the Merseyside dunes some young females probably laying in their first year have been seen gravid as late as the third week of July.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 2:07pm
It's my belief that the dune race and heathland race animals have significantly different behaviour patterns.  
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 2:13pm
very interesting Paul - suggests that sperm retention is not an option, then, I guess? could something this basic be different between the various sand lizard races?

great photos Peter - I've never seen them in full breeding condition - definitely on my bucket list!
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I agree with Peter that the behavioural differences between dune and heathland animals are significant - much more so than their appearance.

Having said that, and much as I love all sand lizards, a classic Merseyside male in full breeding colour is simply out of this world!

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Cheer's Peter yes very familiar with the Kettlebury hill area and liked your pics Keith
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