I don't think my pictures really justify just how beautiful these lizards are, I could do a lot better, the two top pictures are wild taken at Shell Bay, Studland, Dorset, where I often see them basking in the early morning sun.
They are difficult to spot in the wild, for a brightly coloured lizard, their camouflage is excellent amongst the foliage. Probably the easiest place to see them in Hampshire is the Reptile Centre in the New Forest. Sand lizards are endangered in Britain and are a protected species. The brown Males change colour on their sides during the breeding season to bright green and will fight vigorously for females. A large lizard can grow between 15-24cm long. They hibernate from October until March.