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Common Lizard

Carlo Forte (March)

We Found this little critter high in the Carneddau scurrying about in area of boggy ground. It is a Common Lizard also known as the Viviparous Lizard as it has live young, this widespread lizard is the small, very quick brown lizard most frequently seen on dry stone walls, embankments and sea cliffs around the British Isles and although it prefers dryer habitats it does frequent wet boggy areas as in this case.

With the average size of a Common Liizard only about 15cm, they are widespread throughout Europe and even found as far away as the Arctic circle.

Common Lizards are protected by law in Great Britain against being killed, injured or sold or traded in any way. As the only species of reptile native to the island of Ireland, in Northern Ireland they are fully protected, prohibiting anyone from killing, injuring, capturing, disturbing, or trading them.

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