Slow Worm

Slow Worm

Observation - Slow Worm - UK and Ireland. Description: 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

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?