Left: Unusual French common wall lizard with two tails.


Photo right - Wall lizard eating a worm that was nearly as large as the lizard - it managed it!

Although common in many regions they have full protection in France and are mentioned in the National Liste Rouge.

Represented in all regions of France, it prefers open, sunny areas with little vegetation, old stone walls, quarries, roadsides and tracks, frequently to be seen near to old houses where they can be seen scurrying away when approached. Superb climbers, they also swim with ease and can sometimes be seen lying in warm, shallow pools.

Hibernation is from November until March / April and is often interrupted during warmer spells. Breeding starts immediately after hibernation with frequent combats between males, females lay between 2 and 10 eggs, up to three times in a season, in soft soil or under rocks, these hatch after about 2 months. The eggs are oval, about 10 mm and soft when first laid, swelling up to 15 mm

By far the most common lizard in France, the Lézard des Murailles is extremely varied in colour depending on region and locality, rarely exceeding 20 cm it has an elongated appearance, largely as a result of its thin tail, which can be half, or more, of its total length. Males tend to be more colourful than females, which are often a drab brown.

Common Wall Lizard

Podarcis muralis

Lézard des murailles

(Other sub species:

P.brogniardii & P.merremia)

(Syn. Française, Lézard gris)