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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

Slow worm

Don't be mislead by the name - this garden lover is a legless lizard

Habitat - Gardens and allotments, where they feast on slugs and snails, or anywhere with soft soil and dense vegetation.

Appearance - Not a worm or a snake, but a legless lizard, adapted for a life spent partly underground or wriggling through the base of grassy tussocks.  The slow worm has small scales all over its body and will drop its tail to escape predators.  Their colour varies from grey to brown and some males have extensive blue spotting.  The young are born with gold and black stripes along their bodies.

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