Reptiles SI


Reptiles native to Liechtenstein continue the series of special stamps that appeared last year with illustrations of amphibians. With a length of up to 22 centimetres, the sand lizard (value: CHF 1.80) is the largest native lizard. In the mating season, the male’s flanks and front feet turn bright green. The sand lizard is most frequently seen lying in the sun on flat stones, dry tufts of grass or pieces of wood and does not seem to mind being observed. This unbashful reptile is also to be found sporadically in settlement areas and lives off various insects, spiders and worms. The endangered species lives in valleys and on slopes up to 950 metres and prefers richly structured embankments, forest edges, landslide areas and vineyards.

Of the three native snake species, grass snake, smooth snake and adder, the smooth snake (value: CHF 2.00) is the least wellknown kind. The inconspicuous, non-poisonous snake is hardly as thick as a finger and grows to 50 to 65 centimetres in length. Its primary colours are shades of brown and grey and it has dark brown spots or stripes running crosswise along its back and flanks. The highly endangered snake is found in Liechtenstein particularly in ecotomes along the Rhine embankment as well as on railway embankments.

The common lizard (value: CHF 5.00) is the smallest and least conspicuous indigenous lizard. It is up to 15 centimetres long and it gives birth to live young. The shy, well camouflaged species is only rarely noticed by humans. It feeds on arthropods in particular. In Liechtenstein, it lives mainly in mountainous areas between 1200 and 2000 metres. It can also be found sporadically in fenlands in the valley where it is potentially endangered.

Liechtenstein’s reptilian fauna comprises seven species. In comparison, there are around 7,900 species worldwide, of which merely 151 are to be found in Europe.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 01.06.2015
Designer: Silvia Ruppen, Mauren
Printer: Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 32.5 x 32.5mm
Values: CHF 1.80, 2.00, 5.00