Sand lizard fact file

  • Common name – Sand lizard
  • Scientific name – Lacerta agilis
  • Size – average length of an adult is around 20cm
  • Identification tips – sand lizards have relatively broad bodies giving a low, stocky appearance. The underlying pattern and colour of both male and female is a mottled brown and beige, particularly along the back. The most striking feature appears on the males, the flanks are predominantly a speckled green which becomes more intense in the breeding season.
  • Preferred habitat – sandy heathlands and sand dunes.
Sand lizard fact file
Sand lizard
  • Diet – primarily carnivores, sand lizards will eat any type of insect and invertebrate eg beetles, spiders, worms, slugs…
  • Breeding – eggs are laid in a small sandy hollow during the months of June and July. The baby lizards emerge around six weeks later.
  • Other points – once nearly extinct in Britain, sand lizards are now protected by law, and are still classed as an endangered species. Numerous successful breeding progammes across the UK have resulted in an increase in the sand lizard population, but there are still only a few places where they live, the heathlands of the New Forest being one of them.
Cycling In The New Forest 1200x800

Cycling In The New Forest

The New Forest is an excellent place to stay in a holiday cottage while exploring the vast area on your bike, and it is ideal for both casual cyclists and those looking to participate in

Read More »
Discovering the Coastline of New Forest

Discovering the Coastline of New Forest

Sunset at the Millennium Lighthouse at Lepe on the shores of the Solent and in the New Forest National Park, UK Photo Credit Julian Gazzard The New Forest is so famous for its free-roaming ponies and

Read More »
New Forest National Park Pony

The Ponies of New Forest

There are so many reasons why you should visit New Forest: from seeing the countryside, the coastline, eating fine food, getting out on a bicycle track or even trying forest bathing.  But one thing that

Read More »