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    Posted: 07 Mar 2003 at 4:42pm

A description and images of the Common or Viviparous Lizard Lacerta vivipara/Zootoca vivipara may be found at:

 

http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/common_lizard.htm

 

 Gemma Fairchild

 

 




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Common Lizard Distribution

 

Date Species Location Stage Notes Sex Sighting Submitted by
16/03/03 Common Lizard Bedburn


C. Leeke
26/03/03 Common Lizard Starcross Adult Males and Females
T. Crawshaw
27/03/03 Common Lizard Matchams Adult 6
T. Phelps

 

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April 18 - Bix, Oxfordshire, 1 subadult, 1 female

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Hi Wolfgang,

Just to be nosey, when you say BIX did you see them at the Warburg Reserve?  I did herp survey there for a year in 1998/9.  Fantastic place not just for reptiles, but birds, orchids, butterflies etc.

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Hi Matt,

Yes, 'twas at the Warburg Reserve - and yes, it is definitely one of my favourite places for general naturalist excursions when I am down south. And it is also one of the few reserves I am familiar with where they actually seem to care about the requirements of reptiles as much as about those of other, "prettier" organisms.

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I have just been browsing around looking for info on the distribution of the common lizard and happened on this bb. I live in Cardiff and in my childhood and teens, back in the '60s, common lizards were indeed common around here on railway banks on roadside verges and hedgebanks, in allotments and in woodland clearings. They have been vanishing at a very alarming rate and I currently only know 2 sites where you might spot one or 2 on a good day. Other places in Wales where they were once common seem to tell the same sorry tale. I remember they were once to be seen all around Tenby but not any more!

Personally, I think that the vast number of cats have helped this sad decline but this cannot be the case in more rural areas. 

Places where I would be able to see many lizards on a sunny day about 20-30 years ago I now see none. The slow-worm, however, seems to be holding its own in these places so whatever has killed the lizards hasn't killed them.

 

 

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I found a common lizard on my kitchen floor a couple of days ago!  It's about 2 inches long.  Not sure what to do with it - where should I release it?
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I do have a cat, but It appears to have come on of its own accord!!
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By the way, it has on orange belly - is it male?
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Hi Tony,

It has no spots, just plain orange so I guess it's female.  I'm now really interested in lizards - I have always liked snakes but my husband doesn't so maybe lizards are the way to go!  I will look at Dave Bird's photo's. Thankyou!!

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