17 facts about Sand lizard

Sand lizard
11.They overwinter in their burrows, where they hibernate.
They burrow in about October and leave them in March or April. Their activity is closely related to the ambient temperature.
12.When hibernation is over, the breeding season begins. It lasts from May to June.
During this time, the males become very aggressive and fight with each other to mate with as many females as possible. During the fights, the males grab each other's throats, snouts, or limbs to prove their superiority over their opponents.
13.After fertilization, the female lays 5 to 15 eggs in the burrow.
In record cases, she may lay up to 18 eggs, which she then buries (as most reptiles do) in well-sunned soil and leaves to fend for themselves. The young hatch about six weeks after the eggs are laid, and the newly hatched individuals are about 6 centimeters (2,36 inches) long.
14.The life expectancy of a sand lizard in the wild is 5 to 8 years.
Males can live up to 12 years and females up to 18 years, but this is rare due to predation.
15.Mostly they fall prey to weasels, foxes, badgers, birds, and snakes.
Of the domesticated animals, cats and chickens pose the greatest threat to them.
16.When a lizard is threatened, it may shed its tail.
This behavior serves to distract the predator and allow the lizard to escape safely. After some time, the lizard's tail begins to grow back, although it rarely reaches its original shape and length.
17.Despite the high number of those reptiles, the population of the sand lizard has declined.
Progressing industrialization, which deprives the lizards of their habitat, can be considered the main reason.

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