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Gloucestershire

Amphibian and Reptile Group (GlosARG)

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Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)

The sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) is the UK's rarest lizard and can only be found in a few locations dotted around the Dorset and Cornish coast. Out of all of the UK's lizard species, the sand lizard is the only one to lay eggs instead of live young. They can reach lengths of up to 20cm and males sport some unique colouration.

 

Female sand lizards are plain in colour when compared to the male, especially during the breeding season when the males turn a florescent green!

 

The Sand Lizard is an endangered species and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

 

It is an offence to disturb, kill, harm or injure these lizards in any way or cause damage to their habitat. It is also and offence to possess, sell or trade them in any way.