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Did you know that there are lizards in Ireland? They usually live in warm, dry, sunny countries, but they love Irish bogs too!

The common lizard is native to Ireland.

Do you know what a common lizard looks like?

The common lizard is about 10 cm long. It has short legs and a long tail. There are grey, brown or green scales all the way down its back.

The male usually has a bright yellow or orange coloured belly. He sometimes has black spots too.

The female belly can be yellow, grey or greenish in colour. She doesn't usually have any spots.

A lizard eats small insects, worms, spiders and snails.

Where can you find lizards in Ireland?

Lizards live in bogs, woodlands, marshes, gardens and even sand dunes. They hibernate for the winter months. The best time to see them is from March to October. They stay hidden around midday because the sun is too strong.

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) are keeping a record of any lizards spotted in Ireland. If you see one, let them know!