Sunning on log
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Identified as male due to yellow colouration of ventral surface. Posterior section of tail noticeably darker and unpigmented. Indicative of previous act of autotomy.
The viviparous lizard or common lizard, Zootoca vivipara (formerly Lacerta vivipara), is a Eurasian lizard. It lives farther north than any other reptile species, and most populations are viviparous (giving birth to live young), rather than laying eggs as most other lizards do. It is the only species in the monotypic genus Zootoca.