Slow worm by Mark Ollett 1/10
Slow worm at Lound by Derick Stolworthy 2/10
Adult slow worm at NWT Buxton Heath by Tabs Taberham 3/10
Adult slow worm at NWT Buxton Heath by Tabs Taberham 4/10
Slow worm at Wymondham by Gillian Iceton 5/10
Slow worm in compost heap by Gillian Iceton 6/10
Slow worm at Wymondham by Gillian Iceton 7/10
Slow worm with violet ground beetle by Tabs Taberham 8/10
Slow worm at St Olaves by Jayne Woodcock 9/10
Adult male slow worm at NWT Buxton Heath by Tabs Taberham 10/10

Slow Worm Anguis fragilis

The smooth and shiny, snake-like body of the slow worm is fairly distinct and differs from British snakes as it has a body which does not taper at the neck.

Conservation status

Like other British reptiles, the slow worm has declined. Habitat loss has played a major part. Slow worms are being squeezed out of their natural habitat because of human development. Persecution by humans is another factor that faces the slow worms. Being mistaken for a snake may mean they are killed, even though it is a criminal offence to kill or injure any native British reptile.

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Another traditional name for the slow worm was blind worm.

When attacked by a predator slow worms, like other lizards, will discard their tails hoping to escape while the predator is distracted by the still wriggling tail.

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