Slow worm

The serpent, adder, snake, viper, has many names and in many cultures a bad name. This is not a snake but a legless lizard. The slow worm (Anguis fragilis) is sometimes also called deaf adder or blind worm. The eyes are small but fully functional. It can be found, in several subspecies, all over Eurasia. In Swedish it’s called “Kopparödla” that translates to Copper lizard. Looking at the color the name makes perfect sense. It sometimes shed its tail as a defense. Don’t worry it grows back.

Speaking of snakes I cannot fail to mention the fantastic TV series Black Adder starring Rowan Atkinson from the 80:ties. The sidekick Baldrick played by Tony Robinson is, for me, the real hero. With a cunning plan, ha de Gött!


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  1. by gum. I wish I could do that 🙂

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  2. I know of it’s existance but I’ve never seen him in nature like you did.

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  3. Your potted natural histories are really interesting Ulle 😊

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