Easter signifies the beginning of spring, the time of year when our nature begins to emerge from winter hibernation and starts to flourish once more. Plants start to flower, bees are seen bumbling about, but people forget that our native species of snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and newts are also stretching their (sometimes metaphorical) legs!

Sand lizard eggs in burrow by Chris Dresh

Our amphibians kickstart the egg-laying first, as they swarm to breeding ponds. Amphibians are known to return to the same breeding ponds year on year. Common toads in particular can travel  large distances in vast numbers. Often spawn isn't thought of as eggs, but each individual sphere trapped within that transparent jelly is a tiny egg, ready to develop into a tadpole.

Not all of our UK native reptiles lay eggs. This often surprises people as generally, people don't realise that some reptiles effectively give birth to live young. The common lizard is also known as the "viviparous" lizard, as it is known for incubating its eggs internally without laying shelled eggs, then "birthing" little fully formed inch-long lizards. 

The ARC team have created a little quiz for you to try this Bank Holiday weekend that we think you'll find egg-cellent...

Have a crack at it!