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Dead slow worm

Observed: 19th August 2012 By: Will AveryWill Avery’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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Unfortunate that it's dead, but a little exciting as the species is not recorded in the BRERC data set for this 1 km square. It's on the edge of a cycle path, which would no doubt be an excellent basking location, apart from the obvious risk from cycles. Can anyone tell me if I'm right in thinking that the size and colour indicate a juvenile?

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Masked Marvel's picture

Not sure on the age from this

Not sure on the age from this photo. How long was it?

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Length

About 12 inches long or a little more. I'm afraid I only started asking myself this question after I'd left.

My grandfather had a sort of maxim that if you see a dead one of anything shy, like a slow-worm it indicates that there are probably a great many live ones about the place. One would like to think it true in this case.

Masked Marvel's picture

At 12 inches it's not far off

At 12 inches it's not far off being an adult. the markings are typical for a female. I would imagine there are a lot more in the area, it's not uncommon for slow worms to reach densities of well over 1000 per hectare.