Walking in single file on a narrow footpath the cry of ‘look there’s a lizard!’ is usually accompanied by the sight of a tail disappearing into the path side vegetation. Not so with these two, European green lizards with a score to settle.
The males of this species are said to be highly territorial and it seems the path was the focus of a boundary dispute. One lizard had his jaws clamped firmly round the other’s tail and it wasn’t until we were a few inches away that he finally let go and scuttled into the long grass. His victim shook his tail and slid off too, apparently none the worse for the encounter.