Have you seen Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis) in Kent?
|Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)|
Recently reintroduced into the county by the Herpetolgical Conservation Trust (HCT), the last reliable record of an indigenous Kent Sand Lizard dates back to 1969.
Sand lizards are nationally scarce due to their specific habitat requirements of open sand for egg laying and mature vegetation structure for cover.
The national decline of the Sand Lizard can largely be attributed to habitat destruction. Sand lizards fair less well in recovering habitat than the more widespread viviparous lizard.
Though there have been no reports of sand lizards in Kent since the 1970's, a number of KRAG members believe that it is not entirely impossible that the species still occurs naturally within the county, watch this space!