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|The Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis) is a lacertid lizard distributed across most of Europe and eastwards to Mongolia. It does not occur in the Iberian peninsula or European Turkey. Its distribution is often patchy.|
The Sand Lizard has a light underbelly and a dorsal stripe: males tend to be darker and colour and turn partly or wholly bright green during the mating season. Sand Lizards can reach up to 25 cm (10 in) in length.
It has several sub-species, the westernmost of which is Lacerta agilis agilis. In this and the other main western sub-species (Lacerta agilis argus) the dorsal stripe is thin and interrupted, or not present at all. This applies particularly to the latter sub-species, which also includes a plain red or brown-backed phase without any dorsal markings. In these two sub-species only the flanks of the males turn green in the mating season, but in the eastern sub-species (predominantly Lacerta agilis exigua) males can be wholly green, even outside the breeding season.
In the UK, the Sand Lizard is restricted to southern heathlands and the coastal sand dunes of north west England. It is regarded as threatened and is strictly protected under UK law – as it is throughout most of Europe (it is a European Protected Species). This is in contrast to Lacerta agilis exigua, whose Russian name translates as the "common lizard".
The female Sand Lizard lays eggs in loose sand in a sunny location, leaving them to be incubated by the warmth of the ground.
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Wow the natural sunlight in this image is just gorgeous and brings out the warm and rich colours of the beautiful Sand Lizard's features its best. It surely have some lovely patterns and markings on its body which is well seen. Details of the scales, hairy body, the eye and its facial features beautifully seen. Thanks for sharing this colourful macro filled with wonderful light and lots of splendour. Best regards.
ps. I see you have posted 3 images so far and I must compliment you on the contents of the notes that accompany them. It is much appreciated.