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Heat-seeking baby lizards


Young lizard on slate
Young common lizard warming up on slate

By putting out a "refuge" in a suitable location you may be lucky enough to see an otherwise elusive reptile. In this timelapse video (filmed over 45 minutes in early August) numerous young common lizards move on and off a roof slate. On an overcast day the sun's infrared rays have penetrated the light cloud cover and warmed the slate. These are ideal conditions in which to find reptiles using a refuge.



Other options to use as a refuge are sheets of tin, floor slates and roofing felt.


WARNING: IF THERE ARE ADDERS ABOUT (OR MIGHT BE) TAKE GREAT CARE LOOKING UNDER REFUGES - WEAR THICK GLOVES OR USE A STICK TO LIFT THE REFUGE.


Please always lower the refuge gently so as not to trap a reptile underneath it. Let them move off first before lowering the refuge if there is any risk of trapping them.


To find out more about UK reptiles, visit the Reptile and Amphibian Conservation's excellent website:


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