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    Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 6:06pm
Hi, I found this on our tent this morning when we came to take it down. Is it a common Lizard ?
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Hi there

Yes, this is a male common lizard which has suffered very recent tail loss (autotomy)

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Thanks for the reply. What are the signs of it being recent ?

I think he was warming himself in the morning sun, he was very sluggish.
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Hi again

Once the tail is thrown regrowth starts very quickly. Within a few days a small smooth pointy stump will appear and continues to grow thereafter - sometimes almost to original length. In this case there might, just, be the slightest suggestion of such a pointy bit so certainly very recent.

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Just to add to what Chris has said...this is the male in breeding colour. Not always this green.

Edited by Suzi - 17 Jul 2017 at 7:18pm
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