Nature Champions: Common Lizard

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The Common lizard is the reptile species most likely to be spotted in Scotland, although you might only see a long tail as it whisks into the undergrowth. Common lizards vary greatly in colour from brown to green: look for the pointed snout and the stripes that run along the flanks. In Scotland, they are common in the Borders and Highlands where there is suitable scrub and rough grassland habitat.

Action Needed

  • Support increased habitat management.
  • Work for improved planning processes to take account of Common lizard presence at early stages. 
  • Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.


Development and agricultural intensification, loss and fragmentation of habitat, increased use of chemicals, predation by domestic cats.

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