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Slow worms slither out for the summer

 Published on: 13th June 2018   |   By: Ryan Gray   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chorleywood Common is home to a variety of creatures and wildlife and the warm weather has attracted some new visitors.

Often confused as adders or other species of grass snake, slow worms are actually lizards without any legs and they have recently been spotted slithering across the common.

Chorleywood Parish Council shared a photo of one of the reptiles on social media accompanied by the caption: “Good to see some Slow Worms out on the Common today. It looks like a snake but it is actually a legless lizard!”

While the slow worms may look threatening, the RSPB assures people that the creatures are harmless to humans and may even keep other creepy crawlies away.

A member of their Wildlife Enquiries team said: “Despite looking like snakes, slow worms, are actually legless lizards. With their smooth-scaled bodies and blunt shaped heads, adult slow worms can grow up to 50cm in length. Whilst male slow worms are grey brown in colour, females are brown and have dark sides with a line running down their back.

“Slow worms eat mainly slow moving prey such as slugs, worms, snails as well as the odd insect and spider. They do not bite people and are completely harmless. Slow worms, are protected by law and it is a criminal offence to deliberately kill them. Should you happen upon a slow worm, the best thing to do is to leave it alone or cover it back over carefully.”

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