Common lizards are the most commonly seen reptile in the New Forest. They are found throughout the UK, except in upland areas.
Common lizards inhabit open heath and grassland, woodland glades and sometimes gardens. On sunny days between April and October look for them on prominent sunning positions such as logs, tree stumps, grass tussocks or the edges of paths. They will dart off quickly, but if you wait quietly they will often return.
Common lizards prey on insects, spiders and earthworms and live for up to eight years.