COMMON LIZARD - Lacerta vivipara, Lacertidae, in sand dunes, beach, live bearing, viviparous, reptile, heath land, woodland edges, compost heaps, hibernate, hibernation, sun loving, cold blooded, scales, Andy Purcell
Common lizard; aka viviparous lizard; Zootoca vivipara; formerly Lacerta vivipara; lizard; East Sussex;
The viviparous lizard or common lizard (Zootoca vivipara, formerly Lacerta vivipara) is a Eurasian lizard. It lives farther north than any other reptile species, and most populations are viviparous (giving birth to live young), rather than laying eggs as most other lizards do. The length of the body is less than 12 centimetres (5 in) (excluding the tail). The tail is 1.25 to 2 times longer than the body, although it is often partially or wholly lost. The limbs are short, and the head is rather round. Males have more slender bodies than females. The neck and the tail are thick. The collar and other scales seem jagged.
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A Madeiran lizard taking its ease amongst the Yucca flower spikes in the Jardim Botanico above Funchal. The Jardim Botanico (Botanic Garden) occupies a terraced 12 acre (5 ha) site high on the hills above Funchal, which was formerly the grounds/estate of the Quinto de Bom Successo: the summer retreat of the famous Reid Family. The gardens contain over 2000 species from every continent, but are especially dedicated to the propagation and conservation of indigenous Madeiran plants. Accessible by local bus from Funchal, and now, via the new cable car, which runs down from the square near the top of the Monte cable car station. More descriptive information is available on Madeira (general), specific locations, Gardens, Markets, Levadas, specific Levadas, Bananas, and specific plants. Please ask.
Levada walking in Madeira. A close up of one of the endemic Madeiran lizards, high up the Socorridos Valley on the Levada do Curral, to the west of Funchal. More descriptive information is available on Madeira (general), specific locations, Gardens, Markets, Levadas, specific Levadas, Bananas, and specific plants. Please ask.