This is my second post about an Occelated Lizard (Timon lepidus ). I saw this one at the European Zoo in France.
They do have some there which are captive. This one though was a wild, free living one. It was in the Marmoset enclosure. Why? well also in the Marmoset enclosure are a population of little mice. These were scurrying from one little hole to another. There were no Marmosets to be seen.
The Lizard, quite a large one, probably about 80 cm long was sitting on top of a mound and as one small mouse dashed past him it ran after it and seemed to try and catch it. The mouse made it down a hole and the Lizard sat looking down the hole.
These Lizards live in the Poitou-Charente region of France, I have never seen one near our house in Vienne but they were always around my Parents in law’s house near Brossac in Charente-Maritime. I also have seen them in other parts of the region.
They are capable of taking quite large prey including big insects, small birds, birds eggs and I have read that they can even take a baby rabbit. So little mice would certainly be a possibility.
I have written a post about all the different lizards that you could see in Poitou-Charentes and it gets quite a few hits, not as many as Snakes in Poitou-Charentes which is the second most read post on my blog. The most viewed is a post about why the English refer to the French as frogs ???