Today I want to write about an animal that has a name like a worm and looks like a snake, but is really a lizard, the slow worm.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These amazing legless lizards grow to about 50 cm long.
- The reason that they are considered lizards and not snakes even though they don’t have legs, is that they have eyelids and ear openings, and have the ability to drop their tails when attacked by predators.
- They are a very helpful lizard to have in the garden as they eat slugs, snails, insects and spiders.
- At breeding time, the females give birth to about 8 live young instead of laying eggs. They have the longest lifespan of any species of lizard, with some living up to 50 years.
- Although they are very secretive and rarely seen, slow worms are very common and can be found in meadows and backyards throughout Britain, most of Europe, northern Africa and south-west Asia.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about slow worms?