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Can you tell me what this is

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Forum Name: What is it?
Forum Description: Seen something in the wild and wondering what it is? This is the place to ask
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Topic: Can you tell me what this is
Posted By: nigelk
Subject: Can you tell me what this is
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 6:06pm
Hi, I found this on our tent this morning when we came to take it down. Is it a common Lizard ?



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Posted By: Iowarth
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 9:25pm
Hi there

Yes, this is a male common lizard which has suffered very recent tail loss (autotomy)

Regards
Chris


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Chris Davis, Site Administrator

Co-ordinator, Sand Lizard Captive Breeding Programme (RETIRED)


Posted By: nigelk
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 9:38pm
Thanks for the reply. What are the signs of it being recent ?

I think he was warming himself in the morning sun, he was very sluggish.


Posted By: Iowarth
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 9:50pm
Hi again

Once the tail is thrown regrowth starts very quickly. Within a few days a small smooth pointy stump will appear and continues to grow thereafter - sometimes almost to original length. In this case there might, just, be the slightest suggestion of such a pointy bit so certainly very recent.

Chris


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Chris Davis, Site Administrator

Co-ordinator, Sand Lizard Captive Breeding Programme (RETIRED)


Posted By: Suzi
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2017 at 7:17pm
Just to add to what Chris has said...this is the male in breeding colour. Not always this green.

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Suz



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