• Slow-worms, the paler male above the female ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worms, the paler male above the female ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worm, female ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worm, female ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worms, 2 females with young grass Snake ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worms, 2 females with young grass Snake ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worm head ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worm head ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worms mating 16th May ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worms mating 16th May ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worm, gravid female ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worm, gravid female ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worm, gravid female with juvenile ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worm, gravid female with juvenile ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worm giving birth 9th September ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worm giving birth 9th September ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worms newly born ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worms newly born ©R.Winnall

  • Slow-worms, juveniles ©R.Winnall

    Slow-worms, juveniles ©R.Winnall

Slow-worms (Anguis fragilis)

Slow-worms are legless lizards, and not worms at all. They are common in Wyre. The males are generally of a uniform grey-brown, whereas the females are a reddish brown with darker flanks and a dark stripe down their backs.

They emerge from hibernation in March and mate in May or June. The females give birth to between 5 and 25 young in August or September. They are born in membranous sacs and are quite different in colour to the adults, being a golden yellow with darker back stripe.

They feed mainly on slugs and they spend much of their time underground in the soil. They can shed their tail and grow another in its place.

Published 29th August 2011 at 9:49 pm

Classified: Database, Reptiles, Slow-worms