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The Desert and the River


If you are a small insect, the grass here on the drift sands can hide many dangers, among them the European Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis).

The largest males of this species of lizard can reach up to 40cm (1ft 3in), but they are usually smaller – around 30cm (1ft). Their emerald green backs, turquoise blue throats and yellow bellies make them some of the most colourful gems of this drift sands nature reserve.

Their body temperature changes with the temperature of their surroundings. That is why they use the sunny periods within the day to bask in the sun. It is not easy to escape from or, on the other hand, catch a lizard which has been “charged” in this way, since they get very fast. The European Green Lizard species lives mostly in South-East Europe. In the Czech Republic, which is the northernmost edge of its distribution range, this lizard is rare and it is listed among critically endangered animals. However, the population in the Drift Sands National Nature Monument belongs to the richest in the country.

GPS position

N 48° 55.356', E 17° 15.595'



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