Common Lizard

There I was, on the hottest day of the year yet, running across Great Hograh Moor on the footpath known as Skinner Howe Cross Road, the ancient packhorse route to Baysdale Abbey, when something dashed across a patch of burnt heather in front of me. A flighty little thing, and when it eventually settled down, I recognised it as a common lizard. They may be quite widespread but are certainly elusive and it made my day. It has another name, the viviparous lizard, on account of it giving birth to live young rather than by laying eggs, which sounds much better.

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