This weeks #factfriday we’re getting slimy and introducing the slow worm (Anguis fragilis)!
While slow worms may look exactly like a snake, they are in fact legless lizards through which convergent evolution has acted, making them look so similar! They can be identified as lizards through the ability to shed their tails and blink.
These reptiles can live up to 20 years and are found in heathland, tussocky grassland and woodland edges.
Slow worms are smaller than snakes and have smooth, golden-grey skin. Males are paler in colour and sometimes have blue spots, while females are larger, with dark sides and a dark stripe down the back.