RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1855. Lizard's eggs. Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette no. 21 (26 May): 360.
REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 10.2005, textual corrections by Sue Asscher 12.2006. RN3
LIZARD'S EGGS. If any of your readers could obtain for me some eggs of the Lacerta agilis, I should be greatly obliged. Lizards are most widely distributed, and I want to ascertain whether the eggs will float in sea-water, and, if so, whether they will retain their vitality. A reward of a few shillings (which I would gladly repay as well as postage) offered to schoolboys, would perhaps get these eggs in the proper districts collected. Ch. Darwin, Downe, Farnborough, Kent.1
1 Lacerta agilis, the Sand Lizard, formerly found in coastal dunes and heaths, now severely threatened. See Correspondence vol. 5, pp. 337-338.
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