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will
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Posted: 28 Aug 2008
saw this female sand lizard hungrily snapping up a conehead at Studland - plenty of lizards out trying to feed up after the wet summer and before autumn sets in



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Posted: 02 Aug 2009
I've found that sand lizards in a part of Studland migrate to the damp valley bottom full of rushes and sallow stumps to feast on the abundant grasshopper / conehead prey at this time of year.  This was where I took the photo above last summer and this time round I counted 20 sandies in a small area including a male snapping up another conehead (not a great photo - obscured by Juncus rush) as well as two females on the same stump waiting for a hapless insect or spider to come within range.  It's certainly much easier to see sand lizards here than on the dry heath above at this time of year.

Also it seemed the smaller males were still quite green, with older males much duller.  I wonder if there's a reason for this ?




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Posted: 15 Aug 2010
Back from a wettish week in Dorset, and went to the same dune slack as last two years, and around 30 sandies snapping up coneheads, grasshoppers etc - certainly easier spotting them than on the traditional dry heath at this time of year.  This male and female sharing the same basking platform in the dense rushes:



AGILIS
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Posted: 15 Aug 2010
nice pics Will I havent had much of a la /ca year as not been to the sites, just the other day and the weather turned ,keith
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will
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Posted: 15 Aug 2010
Thanks Keith; I've found the damper parts of the heaths are better at this time of year for La; I wonder if Ca move into them to follow the La and also common lizards, a bit like adders often move into damper areas for mammals in the summer.
ben rigsby
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Posted: 25 Aug 2010
i loved every one of those will. esp the last one.

cheers.
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will
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Posted: 28 Aug 2010
Thanks Ben, much appreciated!

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