25th September 2015

Irish Wildlife Trust Launch Lizard Survey

Have you ever seen a Lizard in the Ring of Gullion area? Do you have a photo?

The Irish Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce the launch of its Irish Lizard Survey, which has been sponsored by Dublin Zoo. After the success of the Irish Wildlife Trust National Newt Survey, this Irish environmental charity is now conducting a pilot lizard survey with a view to running a future “Citizens Science” survey of this little known Irish animal, the viviparous lizard.

The viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara) is Ireland’s only native species of reptile. This fascinating reptile gives birth to live young, a rarity in the reptile world, where most species lay eggs in order to reproduce. The lizard resides in areas such as bogs, coastal sites and uplands, is about 13cm long and hunts invertebrates like insects, spiders and snails.
The IWT survey aims to shed light on the distribution of this lizard in Ireland and so increase our understanding of Ireland’s wildlife. For more information or to send in your lizard sighting contact the Trust on  [email protected]. For more information on this survey, click here.


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