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Observed: 6th May 2011 By: Christopher.DovellChristopher.Dovell’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles

These slow worms were seen on top of a compost heap, what are they doing?, is this part of a mating process? there appeared to be no agression involved.

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TimArchment's picture

Yes, the males hold the

Yes, the males hold the females, by the neck or head, while they do the dirty deed.

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They will also -

grab an opponent like this, although it is not always clear if it is aggression or mistaken identity!
At least one friend of mine has had a finger mauled in this fashion - if not mistaken identity, then the beast was being rather ambitious!