A not so common Common Lizard

 

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An expired Comon Lizard (Lacerta vivipara). Irelands only reptile, left on a fence post. Photo © Shay Fennelly 2018

A not so commonly seen animal in Ireland is the Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara). I remember as a child seeing them skittering away on a summers days when I tried to catch them. This is the first I have seen one in the last thirty years found on a fence post in a bog. It had a wound to its neck so I guess it may have been a Kestrels prey. Why have they apparently declined so much?

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The colourful underside of a Common Lizard recently deceased. Note the neck wound possibly from a predatory bird. Photo © Shay Fennelly 2018
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