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Male slow worm

Observed: 22nd March 2011 By: Masked Marvel
The British Herpetological Society
Amphibians and Reptiles expert

Male slow worm found under a piece of roofing felt

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Slow 'blind' worms

Slow worms are also known as blind worms, don't ask me why when they have obvious, though small, eyes and real worms appear to have none. They even make it into Shakespeare:

Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,
Come not near our fairy queen.

from Macbeth.

Graham Banwell

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I seem to recall that Slow Worms can close their eyes whereas snakes cannot. Perhaps that explains why they are 'blind' compared to snakes?