Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)
We are very lucky to have access to a large breeding group of sand lizards, Lacerta agilis agilis, which is the subspecies present in the UK. Currently we keep two sub adult males, Storm and Dune. They are the rarest lizard in the UK found in just a few heathland and dune sites. The adult male sport stunning green colouration on their flanks during the breeding season.
They are strictly protected from disturbance of them or their habitat. Unfortunately they are currently in decline and are listed as a UK BAP species, meaning their decline is of enough concern that they are now a priority of conservation efforts.
We are very lucky to have access to a large captive breeding group of sand lizards sourced from various breeders throughout Europe and kept by my dad who successfully breeds them each year in his large outdoor enclosure. Our two sand lizards that we keep onsite are captive bred individuals, with Storm being an import from a breeder in the Netherlands and Dune being a male bred by my dad here in England.
They live in a mixed species outdoor enclosure, meaning they have access to natural British weather which is perfect for them to thrive. They have a varied diet of invertebrates. Our lizards are regularly but carefully handled and often hand fed to ensure they are comfortable with human interaction.