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Lizards are our friends

Lizards like to lay their eggs in sunny locations and patches of sand, which is why they are particularly common along railway embankments. We make the effort to move them before we start building and maintenance work on the rail infrastructure.

Lizards' habitat in the Herzberge natural park 

For example, we relocated a large number of protected sand lizards from the premises of the former classification yard and maintenance depot in Berlin-Schöneweide, as the 40-hectare site was developed for commercial purposes. The lizards have found a new home in the Herzberge Nature Park and in other natural areas.

Moving home for large construction projects 

During our construction work for the major new Stuttgart-Ulm line, we also relocated around 100 sand lizards to old vineyards along the nearby river Murr or to temporary alternative habitats. In addition, we also relocated thousands of European wall lizards from the former Stuttgart-Untertürkheim freight yard to the nearby Feuerbacher Heide heath area where we have built numerous stone walls to serve as new homes for the animals.

New living spaces in Cologne-Zollstock

At our first CO2-neutral ICE maintenance depot at Nippes in Cologne, we carefully removed 150 protected sand lizards from the site before construction of the facility began. The animals now live on some 17,000 square meters in the neighboring suburb of Zollstock.

Replacing habitats in Upper Lusatia 

We have a put new roof over the heads of more than 3,500 lizards on the upgraded Knappenrode-Horka line in Upper Lusatia, setting up almost 45 substitute habitats for sand lizards and smooth snakes. They were all professionally resettled by reptile experts.

A new home along Leverkusen's S-Bahn lines 

Due to construction work being completed between the suburban train stations in Leverkusen-Rheinsdorf and Langenfeld, we have relocated some 30 sand lizards. Gravel, sand and deadwood were used to build a suitable habitat for the lizards in close proximity to the rail line. A fence has been installed to separate the habitat from the construction site. When the construction project has been completed, the animals will be able to move back into their former home.

Research project for greater protection for reptiles 

We also want to know more about the little reptiles' way of life. In one research project, we equipped the animals with transmitters to learn more about their behavior on DB´s areas.

Neue Lebensräume in Köln-Zollstock

In Köln-Nippes, wo unser erstes CO2-neutrales ICE-Instandhaltungswerk betrieben wird, haben wir rund 150 ansässige geschützte Zauneidechsen vor Baubeginn umgesiedelt. Sie haben auf einer rund 17.000 Quadratmeter großen Fläche im benachbarten Köln-Zollstock ihr neues Zuhause gefunden.

Ersatzlebensräume in der Oberlausitz

Im Zuge der Modernisierung der Linie Knappenrode-Horka in der Oberlausitz haben wir  rund 3.500 Eidechsen ein neues Dach über dem Kopf errichtet und fast 45 Ersatzlebensräume für Sandeidechsen und glatte Schlangen geschaffen. Sie wurden alle von Reptilienexpert:innen professionell umgesiedelt.

Umsiedlung an der S-Bahn Leverkusen

Aufgrund von Bauarbeiten zwischen den S-Bahn-Stationen Leverkusen-Rheinsdorf und Langenfeld haben wir rund 30 Zauneidechsen umgesiedelt. Ganz in der Nähe der Bahnstrecke wurde ein artgerechtes Habitat mit Kies, Sand und Totholz hergerichtet, das mithilfe eines Zaunes vom Baugebiet getrennt wird. Wenn die Baumaßnahmen beendet sind, können die Tiere in ihr früheres Habitat zurückwandern.  

Forschungsprojekt für mehr Reptilienschutz

Darüber hinaus wollen wir noch mehr über die Lebensweise der Reptilien wissen. In einem Forschungsprojekt statten wir die Tiere mit Sendern aus. So erfahren wir, wie sie den Lebensraum Bahn nutzen.

 The sand lizard. The reptile of 2020.
The sand lizard. The reptile of 2020.
The sand lizard when resettled in its new habitat.
The sand lizard when resettled in its new habitat.
The newly created habitat of gravel, sand and dead wood is separated from the railway embankment by a small fence.
The newly created habitat of gravel, sand and dead wood is separated from the railway embankment by a small fence.