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Slow Worm

Observed: 4th June 2011 By: voivodatavoivodata’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles

Unfortunately I was unable to get a look at the head of this specimen, but I presume it is a slow-worm. However, there were a couple of things that surprised me about this individual compared to the others I have found. Firstly its size, in particular the girth of its body was thicker than any slow worm I have seen before. Secondly the way it moved when I reached forward to move a piece of grass out of the way. It disappeared in a fraction of a second into the grass in a very sudden and dramatic 'snake-like' fashion, rather than just rapidly but smoothly slipping away into the grass like other slow-worms I have encountered. My first impression was that it was a grass snake, but the photo seems to suggest a slow-worm. Or does it?

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Masked Marvel's picture

Definitely a slow worm, the

Definitely a slow worm, the plain colouring means it is a male and looks like a nice big one too.

the naturalist man's picture

Slow worms

We've been discussing the origins of the name on another posting for slow worms, I forget which one. In addition to that discussion I recently came across a Royal Society paper from 1761 referring to slow-worms, therefore, I presume the name does derive from the speed they move, even though they move faster than real worms, but then he refers to them being blind as well!

Graham Banwell

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