Roger Plant captured this excellent photograph of a Common Lizard in Wyre recently. It has shed its skin and is trying to remove the last fragments from its head with its tongue. What a great shot! Lizards moult the thin transparent skin over their scales regularly throughout their life. They can live for 5 or 6 years and hibernate over winter. The males (which have orange/yellow undersides with spots) defend territories in the spring, mate in April and May, and between 3 and 11 black/brown babies are born in July.
This year corrugated iron refugia have been placed around the farm at Uncllys for reptiles to use. Grass Snakes and Slowworms have been recorded taking advantage of these sites, and and John Iles has sent a photograph of one of the sub-adult Grass Snakes found this week. As reptiles are cold-blooded they need to obtain their heat from the environment for all biological processes such as digestion, growth, and reproduction. Metal refugee warm up quickly and also provide protection for reptiles that would otherwise be vulnerable to predation (if basking in the open) by birds such as Buzzards which have increased in numbers around Wyre in recent years.
Joe Turner visited Pound Green recently and was able to take these great photos to help us celebrate the special nature of this interesting part of Wyre.