Viviparous Lizards from April

Unfortunately the last month I have been very busy with exams so I have not been able to visit some of my local sites for amphibians and reptiles. But in early April I visited a local area of exposed moorland which is home to a population of Viviparous Lizards (Zootoca vivipara). As the site is so exposed, you really need a calm and clear day to be able to find them basking in the heather. On this particular afternoon there was no wind at all and not a cloud in the sky, therefore I was able to find a couple of basking males in about an hour of searching. One of which after alot of patience I was able to approach face to face with my macro lens. The only other species I have found at this site are Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) which seem to breed in the temporary rain pools that form on the moorland. Hopefully after my finals I will be able to do some more visits and find some females, here are some macro shots from that afternoon:

Zootoca vivipara2

And the habitat:

Zootoca habitat

An amplexus pair of Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) also found out on the moors:

Rana temporaria amplexus

By Matt Wilson

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