• Common Lizard, male ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizard, male ©R.Winnall

  • Common Lizard, male ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizard, male ©R.Winnall

  • Common Lizard, male head ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizard, male head ©R.Winnall

  • Common Lizard, with regrown tail ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizard, with regrown tail ©R.Winnall

  • Common Lizard, female ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizard, female ©R.Winnall

  • Common Lizard, female ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizard, female ©R.Winnall

  • Common Lizards, juveniles basking ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizards, juveniles basking ©R.Winnall

  • Common Lizard, juvenile ©R.Winnall

    Common Lizard, juvenile ©R.Winnall

Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara)

The Common, or Viviparous Lizard, is commonly found in the Wyre Forest, especially in heathy habitat. The males have spotted patterning above, an orange underside with dark spots, and a tail that is longer than the body. The females usually have a conspicuous dark stripe down the back, a cream underside and a tail that is the same length as the body.

The lizards emerge from hibernation in February and March. After the males have shed their skins mating takes place, although the females do not give birth to between 3 and 10 young until July. They feed on spiders, butterflies, moths and grasshoppers.

Published 29th August 2011 at 8:56 pm