Where to find them
Due to vast habitat loss the species
now only occurs naturally in Surrey, Dorset
and Hampshire, where it lives on sandy heathland, and further north in
Merseyside where it is confined to coastal sand dune systems.
lizards have now been re-introduced to other sites in these counties and
also, to restore its range, to sites in North Wales, Devon and
Cornwall and West Sussex.
The sand lizard is a stocky lizard, that reaches up to 20cm in length.
Both sexes have brown varied patterns
down the back with two strong dorsal stripes. The male has extremely
striking green flanks which are particularly bright during the breeding
season in late April and May.
The sand lizard lays eggs in late May or early June. The eggs are left
buried in sand exposed to the sun which helps to keep them warm. Eggs hatch between August and early October.
The sand lizard is dependent on well managed heathland or sand dune habitats, where it occupies mature vegetation that
provides good cover.
Due to its rarity, the sand lizard is strictly protected by British and
European law which makes it an offence to: kill injure, capture or
disturb them; damage or destroy their habitat; possess, sell/trade them
in any way.