anonymous spotter's picture

Slow Worm

Observed: 14th June 2008 By: anonymous spotter
Slow Worm female hand
Description:

"Wait a minute! You're not Bill Oddie at all!"

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Species interactions

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Comments

Blewit Boy's picture

That is the..............

That is the cutest thing I have ever, ever, ever, ever, seen. Apart from the slow worm which I found in my compost heap, which was a little cuter. Sadly I don't have a picture of him/her otherwise you'd agree. Although yours is definitely cuter that Bill Oddie, but not quite as good looking as Kate Humble. On a serious note, is it possible to sex these legless lizards easily?

chris

dshubble's picture

Cute reptiles

Cute indeed and some do pose rather nicely in the hand... http://ispot.org.uk/node/12879

anonymous spotter's picture

Sexing slow-worms

In general, females are fatter and more square in section. Males are more rounded, generally smaller. If you know where to squeeze (gently!), you can apparently evert the male genitalia. Not sure if you should try this in a first date, though.
I'll post another picture that shows (I think) 2 females and a male.
Roger

dshubble's picture

Males & females

There's a slight colour variant (male with blue spots) at http://ispot.org.uk/node/13077

Another male at http://ispot.org.uk/node/12934

A female at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/9626

the naturalist man's picture

Slow worm

From the size comparison with your finger this appears to be a young animal. Females have dark stripes down the side of the body and more scale patterning; males are very plain in comparison. Therefore, being young I can not be certain though your animal does appear to have a faint line down the side making it a female.

Compare with:

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/16995

and:

http://www.herpconstrust.org.uk/animals/slow_worm.htm

Graham Banwell

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