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Slow-worms - West Sussex

Observed: 23rd May 2010 By: JeffH
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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This is a male/female pair of slow-worms spotted under some disgarded material at the base of a hedgerow surrounding farmland. The male has the female's head in its mouth - is this some form of mating ritual?

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I think you're correct - As far as I know the males are greyer than the females and the headlock is indeed part of the mating ritual.
Great photo - always pays to have a camera handy.

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Slow worm

I'm told by someone who had his finger mistaken for a mate that the bite is not gentle!