Common lizard

The common lizard, as its name suggests, is found widely across most of Scotland.

Common lizards like to bask in open spaces and can often be heard scurrying into the undergrowth when disturbed.

When trapped or afraid, the common lizard is able to shed part of its tail, leaving it wiggling in the path of a predator while the animal makes its escape. The animal can regrow the tail and perform the same display again if needed.

Common lizards like to live on embankments and in gardens but tend to be found in areas where there are few cats.

The species is less common in the Central Lowlands and isn’t found at all in the Northern Isles.

A common lizard
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Scotland's only native legged reptile is the common lizard.

Protection of common lizards

Find out about protected species of amphibian and reptile.

Report a sighting

You can report any sighting of an amphibian or reptile to the Record Pool.

Alternatively, find out about taking part in the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme.

Find out more

Read our guidance for planners and developers on protected animals.

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