SY7980 : Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Chaldon Herring or East Chaldon, Dorset, Great Britain

Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
This is the legless lizard Anguis fragilis, commonly known as the "slow worm". It superficially resembles a snake, but is really a lizard - in common with other lizards it has eyelids, whereas snakes do not. They are not often caught basking, but this one was out on the cliff-top on a chilly winter's day and probably was too cold to retreat to somewhere safer. They are supposed to be hibernate during the winter months.

The 'fragilis' part of the latin name refers to the lizard's ability to lose its tail when caught by a predator. The tail does not properly grow back.
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Date Taken
Monday, 24 December, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 31 December, 2007
Category
Wildlife   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 793 804 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:37.3759N 2:17.6392W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 793 804
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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