Skillelinie

 Lacerta agilis agilis

(Sand lizard)

Sandlizard, 1 year old male
Sandlizard, 1 year old male
 
The Sand Lizard inhabits most of Europe and parts of Asia, from France in the West to Sibiria in the East. They are range as far as central Sweden and as far south as the Alps. While not common in Denmark, the Sand Lizard can be found in most of the country exept for few minor islands. They inhabit open hilly areas, often near the coast. There are two different forms in Denmark. Besides the normal form there is also a form with a redbrown patternless back that is very rare. The largest Sand Lizard, that I have seen in nature was a female at 23.5 cm, but they grow larger in the southern part of their distribution. Wild caught specimens are protected by law (Bern convention),but captive bred juveniles are available from a number of breeders, especially in Germany.
Sandlizard, female in natural habitat
Sandlizard, female in natural habitat
 
Sand Lizards are very nice pets, but males can fight, especially in the Spring. After a short time they will take food items out of your hands and come running as soon as you aproach. They are fed on crickets, rainworms and zophobas along with insects and spiders from the garden. UV lights are required unless housed outdoors.
 
Mating
Mating
 
Sandlizard, female in oviposition
Sandlizard, female in oviposition
 
Hatchlings
Hatchlings
 
In nature they are seen from April. The males show up first and after their first shedding they start showing their beautiful green sides, that will last throughout most of the Summer. Copulation takes place as soon as the females turn up, and eggs are commonly laid in June or early July. Clutch size is normally 6 - 12 eggs but can be as large as 17. The eggs hatch after 70 – 85 days of incubation at approximately 20 degrees Celsius. Neonnates are very small being approximately 55 mm in length. They are best fed with small insects from the garden supplemented with vitamins and calcium.
 
Sandlizard, male and female
Sandlizard, male and female
 
We keep our Sand Lizards outside in a 2 meter x 2 meter terrarium constructed of Acrylplastic that allows passage of the UV spectrum. The roof is covered with net to protect the lizards against cats and birds. If you keep a pair outside in such a terrarium, you don`t need to feed the animals. They can live on what they find, but we still handfeed them occasionally with rainworms to keep them tame. These animals are always active and we highly recommend keeping such a small piece of nature in your garden. 
Besides the common coloration, we also have the redbacks and a few blue animals. In 2001, we succeded breed them outside in the 3´rd generation.
 
Blue/redback male
Blue/redback male