Slow Worm

This weekend was scorching hot, above 30 degrees Centigrade. This Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis) was sunning itself on a road when I found it. Judging by its tail, it’s already had one bad encounter (they lose their tails when threatened but the regrowth is always short and stubby), so I moved it off the road and into the grass so it didn’t get hit by a car.

We used to get lots of Slow Worms but I now I hardly ever see them. It’s a real shame as currently we’re inundated by slugs.

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