Common Wall Lizard France





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Common Wall Lizard    Podarcis Muralis   Lézard des Murailles

(other sub species: P.brogniardii & P.merremia)

(syn. Française, Lézard gris)


By far the most common lizard in France, the Common Wall Lizard or Lézard des Murailles is extremely varied in colour depending on region and locality. They are rarely more than 20 cm and have an elongated appearance, largely as a result of their thin tail, which can be half, or more, of their total length. Males tend to be more colourful than females, which are often a drab brown. 

Wall lizard, Podarcis muralis, France

Wall lizard eating prey - France
Wall lizard with two tails - France
Male wall lizard shedding its skin

Present in all regions of France, they prefer open, sunny areas with little vegetation, old stone walls, quarries, roadsides and tracks, frequently to be seen near to old houses where they can be seen scurrying away when approached. Superb climbers, they also swim with ease and can sometimes be seen lying in warm, shallow pools.

Hibernation is from November until March / April and is often interrupted during warmer spells. Breeding starts immediately after hibernation with frequent combats between males, females lay between 2 and 10 eggs, up to three times in a season, in soft soil or under rocks, these hatch after about 2 months. The eggs are oval, about 10 mm and soft when first laid, swelling up to 15 mm.

Although common in many regions they have full protection in France and they are mentioned in the National Liste Rouge.