Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Reptilia
                        Family : Lacertidae
         Scientific Name : Lacerta Agilis

                       Size(L) : 13cm - 20cm 
                                       (5in - 7.8in)
                       Weight : 10g - 15g 
                                       (0.35oz - 0.5oz)
                 Top Speed : 48km/h (30mph)
                  Life Span : 5 - 8 years

                      Colour : Green, Black,
                                      Brown, Tan
                 Skin Type : Scales
Distinctive Features : Striped patterned
                                      body and forked 
  1. Sand lizards are small lizards found in Europe and parts of Asia.
  2. They inhabit the grasslands and heathlands with coastal dunes.
  3. They are small and stocky lizards that are light brown in color with dark marks on their back.
  4. The male sand lizards are capable of remarkably changing their color to bright green during the mating season.
  5. They are known to do this to attract the females to mate.
  6. They are cold blooded animals that warm their blood before hunting for food.
  7. They do this by basking in the sun during the day and recharging themselves while being camouflaged by their brown skin.
  8. They hunt in the evenings and prey on insects, spiders, grasshoppers and other invertebrates.
  9. They have an excellent sense of sight and use it to their advantage for watching their prey.
  10. They catch hold of their prey with the help of their strong, forked tongue.
  11. Their natural predators are dogs, cats and birds.
  12. Humans also prove to be a big threat to them by destroying their natural habitat by deforesting. They mate in early summer and the female lizards lay their eggs in sand.
  13. Interestingly, the eggs are incubated by the sun and not by the mothers.
  14. The young sand lizards that hatch out are very independent from the time they are born and are not cared for by the parents.
  15. The sand lizard population is dwindling and they are threatened from extinction, as a species.

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