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Species:

Marine Mammals
Bats
Other Mammals
Birds
Waders
Ducks, Geese and Swans
Birds of Prey
Other Birds
Fish
Amphibians
Crustaceans
Insects
Molluscs
Echinoderms
Vascular Plants
Lichens
Seaweed
Fungi

Reptiles

Lizard
Common lizard Lacerta vivipara
The Common lizard is the only native reptile species in Ireland. Lizards are common in Clare especially the Burren because they like basking on warm rocks. The Common lizard have a way of escape if caught by the tail, they loose their tail and can grow the tail again. Unlike most other reptiles which lay eggs, Common lizards give birth to live young.
Habitat: A variety of habitats including open areas, stone walls, bogs, heaths, the Burren and sand dunes.

What could or does threaten the population: Scrub and woodland encroachment, loss of habitat and predators.