Common name : Algerian sand lizard
Scientific name : Psammodromus algirus
Family : Lacertidae
Native to : Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, France, Italy, Morocco and Portugal
Interesting fact : Males announce the breeding season by developing blue spots near the shoulders.
Conservation status : Least Concern
Sand racers lead a terrestrial life and can be found living in temperate forests, shrubby areas, sandy shores and even rural gardens. The back is copper brown with two light bands running its entire length. These lizards like an insect-rich diet. The larger females lay about 8 eggs and they hatch in about 10 weeks.