When awaiting the rain I placed an old enamel wash bowl in one corner of the outbuilding hoping it would be filled with water draining from the gutter (the last photo of my previous post here). Having some rain water closer to the pansies and other plants in the yard would save me a few walks with the watering can to the tap by the house.
It turned out to be not such a good idea for one of our protected species. My husband noticed a common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) sunbathing, or so we thought, in the bowl. It wasn’t moving and we stepped closer. We could see that the skin was starting to cast from its tail.
The close-ups reveal it is a male: there is a bulge at the base of its tail and its head is slightly wider from the neck.
We soon realized the lizard was not staying at the bottom of the wash bowl of its own free will but because the inside of the bowl was so slippery it couldn’t climb out. We flipped the bowl a bit and it was free to disappear into the vegetation. Fortunately, we hadn’t shocked it so much it would have shed its tail.
I am just wondering. How did it know we weren’t dangerous? I read common lizards may live up to 10 years so it isn’t entirely impossible it recognized us, the friendly residents of the place, the owners of the furious beast terrorizing the neighbourhood.