Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara

Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara


Took pictures of these at Spalford Warren nature reserve recently. Spalford was heavily forested with pine which the Wildlife trust have cut down to reveal the wind blown sand environment. This lizard was basking and hunting from the top of the old tree stumps. There are holes in the top of most of the stumps and wood ants seem to have taken up residence in the centre of the stump. This lizard would periodically disappear down one of the holes, presumably to feed on the ants. While watching it was noticeable that the ants would collect grass stems and seed of willow herb which they took down the holes. On inspection some of the holes where completely blocked. I can only presume they where trying to block there intruder!
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