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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 229] (1577)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-12 12:00
Viewed: 2422
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anguis fragilis
The slow-worm is often found in gardens and is widespread throughout the British Isles.

Slow-worms are lizards, though they are often mistaken for snakes. Unlike snakes they have eyelids, a flat forked tongue and can drop their tail to escape from a predator.

Slow-worms have a shiny appearance. Males are a greyish brown and females are brown with dark sides. Some females possess a thin line down the back. Juvenile slow-worms are very thin and are initially around 4cm long. Juveniles have black bellies and gold or silver dorsal sides, sometimes with a stripe running along the length of the body.

Unlike other British reptiles, slow-worms rarely bask in the open, instead preferring to hide under logs or in compost heaps. Slow-worms feed on slow-moving prey, particularly small slugs. Like common lizards, female slow-worms incubate their eggs internally and ‘give birth’ in the late summer.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-12 12:02]

Hi Les,need great timing to take these species,you were lucky,and the pic is really beautiful whit an excellente exposure and great details and colors,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-12 12:25]

Hello Les.
A nice capture of this beautiful slow-worm in mating well presented. Very well composed with sharp details. Best regards Siggi

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-12 14:44]

Hello Les
Nice presentation of unknown specie for me.Good pov and sharp image and good details.Interesting text also.
TFS Michel

Hi Les,
excellent photo, but brrr :) I don't like these species. Perfect point of view. Interesting situation you captured.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-10-12 23:58]

excellent image of slow worms. good presentation with nice clarity. wonderful species. tfs.

Hello Les,
Brilliant capture of a very interesting and nice species. Excellent colors, good details and sharpness. The focus and WB is at the highest quality range. I like very much the brown shinning colors of this Slow Worms.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Les,
A great capture with nice colors, details & timing. Well composed & presented. TFS & best wishes!


two males in fight! rare capture, tfs

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