Sunday, May 03, 2015

Lizard tales...

From time to time you come across an unexpected sight that reminds you just how glorious nature really is. Finding lizard eggs and watching tiny, fully independent and perfectly formed young lizards eat through their protective shell was one such moment. Nestled in a pile of unused rubble we stumbled upon a collection of tiny eggs incubating in their damp and warm surroundings. 

As the tiny lizards emerged they gained warmth from the surrounding rocks and pavements, building up their energy to begin a life living in and around the rocks and rockery here at La Pasera. At this age they are fairly trusting and you can get close enough to admire these miniature dragons.

Since building and extending our rockery garden the number of lizards has increased as it is an ideal habitat with many underground cavities and lots of limestone outcrops from which to soak up the warmth and feast on passing insects. The lizard can often be seen pursuing each other through the peaks and troughs of the rockery, resting for a while and resuming the chase for a mate. 

At this time of year it is common to see adults begin to shed their skin as they grow year on year. With a fresh skin their scales soak up the midday sun as they cling on to the rough rocks with their hand-like claws.

Elsewhere in and around the bog garden is a different type of lizard (Lacerta schreiberi) that glows emerald green and is three times the size of the common garden lizard. These beautiful specimens are much harder to spot but when you do, you really cannot miss them.

Wentworth and Gawber the cats, like to torment the lizards whenever they can but it is rare they catch one and seem somewhat at a loss to understand what has happened when the lizard detaches its tail in defence, leaving it twitching on the ground and causing just enough distraction to make a quick escape. The tail always grows again and you can always spot those that have had the misfortune of an encounter.

Gawber and Wentworth are progressing well now so thank you for all your good wishes. Treatments continue and we are keeping a close eye on them until fully recovered.

We have a mosaic in the garden which Luis created to celebrate the lizards we share our plot with. As the sun shines, the amethyst eyes sparkle and the rings of pebbles frame the slate lizard perfectly.



  1. What a cool experience to find those eggs and the baby lizards! I see the brown lizards here occasionally on rocks, and once found one of the beautiful green ones - but it had been brought inside by one of my bad cats and had lost its tail as well as having some teeth marks on it. I put it out by the rocks again but no idea if it survived or not. The downside of having cats. :-( Glad to hear your furry friends are recovering.

    1. P.S. The mosaic is fabulous!

    2. Thank you Mandy. I'll pass on your comments to Luis about the mosaic.

  2. That is amazing! Witnessing the birth of any creature for that matter is absolutely beautiful :) #animaltales.

  3. We get plenty of lizards hanging around here, but have only found lizard eggs once in a drawer in the shed (they never hatched). We get beautiful bright green lizards on the wood pile, but the markings are different to yours. It's our dogs that go lizarding, and the lizards are far to quick for them!

    Really great pictures.


  4. Baby dragons! That is surely good fortune. They are just too adorable and the green lizard is ever so striking.

  5. They are so tiny yet fascinating close up.

  6. Really fascinating and how lucky to see the eggs and them emerge. Gorgeous creatures and love their markings.

  7. We get small brown lizards here in Normandy but not many and I have never seen a green one - but would love to. Nor have I ever seen baby lizards hatching. Wonderful, amazing nature.
    Thanks you for adding the lizards' tales (and tails) to #AnimalTales

  8. Lucas says - The Mother read this to me and showed me the photos and I thought this was so cool. You are so lucky to have seen this happen :) #animaltales


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