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Reptiles and Amphibians
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Three native species of reptile and five native species of amphibian have been recorded at Hartlebury Common and Hillditch Pool. The most likely encountered reptile is the Common Lizard which can be found basking in south facing aspects during spring through to autumn.  They are very wary and easily disturbed and often heard frantically scurrying off through the undergrowth. Grass Snakes may be encountered basking near the edges of the reserve’s pools and the snake-like Slow Worm, which is actually a legless lizard, can also be found on the Common.   All 3 British newts: Smooth Newt, Palmate Newt and Great Crested Newt have been recorded at the Common but the status of the latter 2 species on the site is currently unknown due to both The Bog and Rush Pool completely drying out in recent summers.  Common Frogs breed at The Bog and Rush Pool whilst Common Toads breed at Hillditch Pool.