Species of the month: August - Slow worm
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Common Name: Slow worm
Scientific Name: Anguis fragilis
Identification: Often mistaken for a snake the slow worm is in fact a legless lizard. Males are a uniform grey or brown colour, with some sporting blue markings. The slow-worm is much smaller than a snake and has smooth, golden-grey skin. Males are paler in colour and sometimes sport blue spots, while females are larger, with dark sides and a dark stripe down the back.
Diet: Slow moving invertebrates such as slugs, snails and worms.
Behaviour: Slow-worms are cold-blooded and so need to sunbathe before they can move around. They can be found in heathland, tussocky grassland, woodland edges and rides where they can find invertebrates to eat. They are often found in mature gardens and allotments, where they like hunting around the compost heap. The hibernate from October - March.
Where can they be found?:
Dorset Wildlife Trust reserves where you might see slow worms include:
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