Sand lizards

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Sand lizards

Post by Clive60 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:29 pm

My first this year, the one in the first pic maybe a female icon_scratch . I was Adder hunting but found nothing just these two Sand Lizards.
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Re: Sand lizards

Post by flounder » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:30 pm

It's been a good few years since I saw one. Used to get loads as a kid
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Re: Sand lizards

Post by GoggleboxUK » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:41 pm

Wish I got them in my garden, I love lizards.

Great pics!

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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Alexander » Mon May 27, 2013 3:05 am

We get them here in the dunes along the coast. And also farther inland in sandy dry heather areas.

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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Clive60 » Mon May 27, 2013 7:56 pm

You are lucky in having twice the number of reptiles and Amphibians than we have here.


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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Dave Brown » Mon May 27, 2013 9:23 pm

I used to catch them them as a kid, just to prove I could do it, then let them go, but haven't seen a wild one for 40 odd years. Most of the dry sandy fields where I saw them are under tarmac or houses now :roll:
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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Clive60 » Tue May 28, 2013 5:57 pm

They are most numerous here in SE Dorset but the lowland heaths where they are found are fragmented keeping the populations small. With the pressure on housing who knows how long they will remain.


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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Alexander » Tue May 28, 2013 11:46 pm

Here they manage the habitats in a way it becomes optimal for the lizards. That means cutting trees and creating sandy open areas and restoring heathland. They use for example large grazing animals for this.

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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:48 am

They are a rare species nationwide but the south heath lands are the best place to find them. I've not seen any reptiles up here for years.


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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Clive60 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:16 pm

Saw another couple of males this morning same place as before, one has mites or ticks ( by it's foreleg) the other is finishing it's slough.
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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Alexander » Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:25 am

In one dune area, the Kraansveld, they have released European bison. Those animals like to role in the sand and by doung this they create open sandy patches wich are ideal for the sandlizards.

See also on: waarneming.nl

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Re: Sand lizards

Post by stephenprudence » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:38 pm

Here we don't have any lizards, as it's too wet/cold. But I have seen a common lizard and a melanistic lizard on the Anglesey coast.
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Re: Sand lizards

Post by Tom2006 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:36 pm

Amazing creatures! ....none up here but hope to see some when we visit my auntie near Portsmouth later this year.
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Re: Sand lizards

Post by doncasterpalmguy123 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:38 pm

A bit of a late post here from me but all the same, the only native reptile I've seen up here in Doncaster is a Grass snake. However my mother did see an adder just a few years ago. :D
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Re: Sand lizards

Post by derrick » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:52 pm

I often go and visit them at Canford heath and Studland beach .The bush fires have been a problem for the reptiles the last few years . Me and my friends use to catch them as a boy .We had Sand lizard and Common lizards .Sand lizards being much bigger in size . I use to feed them grasshoppers and garden spiders . I also kept Adders and Grass snakes .Grass snakes would eat frogs and fish fillets . The adders would eat the lizards I caught and sometimes mice I found .Grass snakes would tame down no problem .But the Adders would strike only for food or in defence. So didn't keep them long .Or my mother would find them .I did find one smooth snake that went to a reptile centre Lyndhurst back in the 80s.If only I new the damage I was doing back then .Now I just like to see them in the wild .As so much lost over the years through building work .I have helped move some reptiles over the years .From building sites mostly slow worms that would have been killed.


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