Friday, 21 March 2014

Basking Slow Worm

A bit too cold today despite the sunshine for finding many insects, but I did try a spot at Rowney Warren that I sometimes find slow worms basking, and came up trumps again at about 3:15.

I think this is a male (no dorsal stripe, flanks not significantly darker than dorsal surface, head width broad, stocky, no significant tapering behind the vent (although this one has lost some of its tail in the past))? c.f.  http://kbalmer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/basking-slow-worm.html photogaphed at the same location last year and which I think is a female.



Didn't get a great shot of the tongue when it eventually slinked off, reactions being too slow...


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