Harberton Nature Notes and Pictures

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Slow worm

Not a worm, or a snake, but a legless lizard. Unlike snakes, the slow worm has eyelids.

They emerge from hiding places to hunt at dusk or after rainfall. Slow worms are not particularly speedy reptiles and feed on slow-moving prey such as slugs, snails, spiders, insects and earthworms.

Adults can grow up to 50cm in length.

All pictures taken locally at West Lodge, Tristford.

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