Look what the cat dragged in!

This evening, Mittens brought a live slow-worm into the house. I’m not a huge fan of sharing my living space with reptiles, so I carried it outside and took its picture.

Despite their appearance, slow-worms are not actually snakes, although they look similar to small grass snakes. Unlike snakes, their eyes can blink. To give a sense of scale, the head of this slow-worm is about 1cm across and 1.5cm long. Pretty tiny! They’re not harmful to people, and are actually good for the garden – but I still don’t want them in the living room!

Slow-worm
Slow-worm

One Comment

  1. Alex B
    June 2, 2013
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    We used to get them in my parents’ garden just off the Kingsway when I was a kid. Haven’t seen one for years, though. Nice to know they’re still about.

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