Slow Worm Facts
Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
The name of the animal in science
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|20cm - 50cm (8in - 20in)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|20g - 100g (0.7oz - 3.5oz)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|10 - 30 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Black, Brown, Tan, Yellow, Grey|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Grassland and woodlands|
|Average Clutch Size:|
The average number of eggs laid at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Insects, Slugs, Worms|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Cats, Dogs, Birds|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Long snake-like body and small eyes|
Slow Worm Location
The slow worm inhabits warm, moist and shaded areas across the European continent and is also commonly found in gardens throughout the United Kingdom, as well as meadows and farmland.
Despite its snake-like appearance, the slow worm is in fact a lizard but without legs, and instead uses the muscles in its body to move around. Slow worms have smooth and shiny skin and a small head in comparison to their body.
As with other reptiles, the slow worm has a forked tongue which it uses to sense smells in the air. Slow worms also have eyelids which are the main indicator between lizards and snakes (as snakes are commonly known to not have eyelids but lizards do).
The slow worm is a carnivorous animal meaning that the slow worm only feeds on other animals in order to survive. Slow worms primarily feed on small, slow-moving animals like worms, slugs and snails as well as insects, spiders and other invertebrates.
After mating, the female slow worm produces up to 15 eggs which are incubated in her body for a few months. Once developed, the slow worm babies hatch inside their mother meaning that the female slow worm ends up giving birth to live young.
Today, the slow worm population appears to be thriving in parts of Europe, particularly in Britain where the slow worm is commonly found in back gardens across the country.
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First Published: 24th May 2010, Last Updated: 8th November 2019
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