Common Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara)
I feel very privileged to have had these resident in my garden for many years, and I love to see them basking or making their way through the grass which I maintain long all year, partly for their benefit.
The female in my photo has shed her tail to escape a predator, but its like to grow back in time.
To watch them watching me watching them, watch this video :
The viviparous lizard or common lizard, ''Zootoca vivipara'' , is a Eurasian lizard. It lives farther north than any other reptile species, and most populations are viviparous , rather than laying eggs as most other lizards do. It is the only species in the monotypic genus ''Zootoca''.