The Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis.

Meet our lizards, natives of the European mainland

Lizard on FlowerVentnor Botanic Garden

The Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, are a frequently seen and popular part of the Undercliff ecology. Research by the University of Oxford using the mitochondria of the animals has discovered that this long standing population originates from Italy. 

AcaciaVentnor Botanic Garden

Debate persists as to whether this is the northernmost limit of their natural range or whether they represent captive animals that have escaped or were introduced and then naturalised.

LizardVentnor Botanic Garden

LizardVentnor Botanic Garden

The VBG lizards are usually heard before they are seen, scuttling through the leaf litter in the Mediterranean Garden. On sunny days they bask in the sunshine or hunt insect prey on the south facing slopes, especially in the Arid Garden.

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