Common Lizard - Zootoca vivipara

    Alt Name
    Viviparous Lizard

    Total length: 13-15 cm. One of Britain's three native lizards (along with Sand Lizard and Slowworm). They are variable in colour. Typically, the upper-surface is brownish, with lines of darker markings passing along the back which are often bordered with white or yellow. Males have bright undersides, typically yellow or orange in colour whereas, in contrast, females tend to have much duller, pale underparts.

    Identification difficulty

    It is found at a variety of habitats such as heaths, woodland glades, railway embankments and even gardens.

    When to see it

    Early spring to late autumn.

    Life History

    They can often be found basking, particularly in spring. They give birth to around 6-10 live young (or at least the egg sac bursts at birth), hence their alternative name 'Viviparous Lizard'.

    UK Status

    This species is fairly common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, but fairly widely scattered across Charnwood Forest and Rutland with a few records in West Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map