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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 23 Apr 2003

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David Bird
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Posted: 04 May 2003

 


All the previous female Common Lizards that I have picked up in the past have had a yellow,light green or grey underside. Last week I was catching some animals from a rescue site on a quarry which is a spoils area of clay with Juncus . The lizards only seem to use this area in the Summer, the males have the same colour orange bellies but with the usual black spots.


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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 04 May 2003

Hi David ,

Any chance you could post the pic again ? I'd like to see it.

Thanks,

Alan


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Martin
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Posted: 04 May 2003

Definately please.

Alan that picture is superb!


Alan Hyde
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Posted: 04 May 2003

Thanks Martin!  Most kind of you.

David, I can see the picture now ,thanks. So, are you saying that the sex of common lizards can be determined by the colour of the underside? I have never paid much attention to this in the past I must confess.

Cheers,

Alan


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David Bird
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Posted: 04 May 2003
Alan

I always thought you could until I found the specimen photographed, one of several so far, with the bright ornge belly. Perhaps members know of other populations or it might be more frequent than this with specimens occuring all over the country. When you normally see them basking you do not usually see the belly of course so it is only if you are catching them for some reason that it is visible.
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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 05 May 2003

Hi David,

Interesting suff, I shall take note of the underside in future and take pics.

Cheers,

Alan


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Andy
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Posted: 30 Jul 2003

Hi! Just joined the forum today after surfing for some information about the Common Lizard. I have a small population in my back garden. Spotted about 8 adults today, basking when the sun came out, as well as 7 young (3 basking together), the others resting on leaves. Having recently perchased a digital camera, I am taking photos of them and recording sightings. The information in the forum has helped me identify males and females, thank you.

My compost heap is also home to several slow worms. I am planning to build a website diary of the wildlife I share my garden with over the next few weeks.

I will keep you posted!

 

 

 


Andy Grevatt, Brighton, East Sussex UK
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Posted: 31 Jul 2003
Hi guys,

This is a female from central Lincolnshire (sorry about the annotations, can't find my original off hand) and she seems very typical of the females I find all over the county. I have only found females there with this colour or a slightly more orange underside. Can't say I've paid much attention elsewhere though (I will from now on).



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Posted: 31 Jul 2003
Hi Andy welcome to RAUK, we could do with some pictures of juveniles for the ID pages if you get any good ones
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Chris G-O
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Posted: 25 Jan 2004
My first common lizards of 2004 on Bournemouth clifftops today. A few wall lizards have been out on and off throughout the winter. Photo of male common lizard from today below.
cheers, Chris

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j gaughan
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Posted: 25 Jan 2004
nice one Chris

let us know if you get a 'sand lizard' out this month, given the last six days and a cold forecast ahead. Keith Corbett recorded them for every month in Dorset and our only Jan. record for the Wealden sites was a juv. from 5 yrs. ago.

Despite the incidental / random nature of these 'out of season' records, they are valuable 'phenological data', which may show, over time (eg. decades), patterns of change in relation to climate and other factors . . .

. . . always worth recording.

john



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Posted: 24 Feb 2004
Just for the record

Our 'first reptile' in the Weald was a viviparous lizard (imm. 2003), out on Feb.12th at 14.15 hr, dashing into heather on 'Thursley Common NNR', Surrey.
That was a bright ( _no full sun), mild day with no wind but high UV, as we all evidently 'caught the sun'.

Numerous insects were on the wing, including aquatic beetles, and in the distance we watched a Great Grey Shrike feeding from it's favourite perch all afternoon on this early spring feast.

John

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