This picture was taken in our garden. It was pure luck, pure chance - and very much a, "Quick, get the camera and take a photograph before it vanishes," minute or two
I had no idea 'some-sort-of-tiny-fly' was also in the picture until I transferred it to the computer.
Slow Worms look like snakes but are actually lizards. Their skeleton includes leg bones etc, but they're inside the skin. The animals have no visible limbs.
If you can manage to pick up a Slow Worm they wriggle like mad and try to wrap themselves round your fingers. If they're caught by, say, a crow, which tries to carry them by the tail they can safely shed the end with no ill effects - but the tail never regrows the pointy bit. That's how they get the Latin name - Anguis fragilis means "Fragile Snake".
We most often find them in the compost heap or, occasionally, tucked behind a flower pot. The largest Slow Worm I've seen in our garden was about a foot long and perhaps half an inch across. The 'across' bit probably sounds a bit odd unless you've seen one - their markings seem to make them look a bit like an extended cube rather than rounded like a more traditional reptile.
Slow Worms are not poisonous, so are harmless to us huge humans, but they're much less friendly if you happen to be a worm, slug, snail, beetle or, maybe, as this picture suggests, a fly.
(P.S. On this page you can see a Slow Worm's teeth. Yes, really. There are also pictures which give you an idea of how small they are.)
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