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  Rare lizards released into wild
Updated 15 September 2004, 17.40
Sand lizard
Rare lizards are being re-introduced to the wild, thanks to a breeding programme at a zoo in Hampshire.

Sand lizards were once very common in the south of England, but their numbers have dropped by around 90% because their habitat is being destroyed.

Now over 100 of the little beasties are being set loose in Dorset, after being bred at Marwell Zoo in an attempt to build their population back up.

Lizards from the zoo will be released at other sites around the south.

Saving the creatures is one of the aims of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, which is trying to protect rare species.

The lizards weigh about 1.5 grams when they're young, but can get up to 15 grams and 20cm long.

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