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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

41. The Common Lizard
(Lacerta vivipara)

41. The Common Lizard

The common lizard loves the heath lands, sun-warmed rocks and places where it can sit and bask, but it is a quick nimble little thing, and is not easy to surprise. Make a movement towards it and it vanishes as if by magic. It lives on flies and other small things, and its young, which are miniature editions of the parent, need similar fare but of even smaller size. The lizard has its foes. The watchful kestrel hovering on high may see it, drop swiftly groundwards and pick it up before it is aware of the danger. A fox may also snap it up and even the cat may spring on it.