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a close up of a slow worm

Slow-worm Anguis fragilis

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 rarely bask in the open, instead preferring to hide under logs or in compost heaps. Image: Paul Kitchener (Flickr). 

Find out more: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, iNaturalist