The average adult is about 15 centimeters in length (nose to tail). The coloration is often a shade of brown, and it often has spotted or striped patterns. There is a wide range of possible color variations; one might see anything from bright yellow to green in a variety of tints, all the way to black as ink.
When newts are found on land, they are frequently confused with lizards. The skin of lizards is scaly, but the skin of snakes and other reptiles is smooth and velvety. You can tell them apart by glancing at their skin. When they are startled, lizards have a tendency to move very swiftly.
The mating season is in the spring, and the females "give birth" to lizards that are about an inch long in August. The common lizard, much like the adder, carries out the process of egg incubation internally rather than laying shelled eggs. As they mature into adults, juvenile lizards gradually acquire a coppery coloration on their bodies. The common lizard prefers open, sunny areas and can typically be found in dry, exposed areas that are in close proximity to dense cover. Spiders and other insects make up the majority of the diet of common lizards.