The Common Lizard

Latin: Lacerta vivipara

Irish: Eare luachra

Common lizards are widespread throughout the country but not very common. They are normally seen around coasts, cliffs, dunes, marsh and slob lands.

Common lizards are normally brown or yellowish in colour with black stripes running along the back. They love the sun and can often be seen basking on open bare ground or on a rock. When disturbed they run away and often it is the quick rustle as they disappear under cover that is the only sign of an encounter.

The common lizard, unlike most other reptiles, does not lay eggs, but gives birth to live young that look like tiny replicas of their parents. A litter can contain up to twelve young. Males reach maturity in their second year while the females take a year longer.

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