More

    The Slow-worm – the legless lizard

    Slow worms look like snakes, but are actually harmless, legless lizards. Credit: NaturGrafik.dk

    Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis)

    The slow-worm is widely distributed in Denmark.
    Being a legless lizard, the slow worm is often mistaken for a little snake. However, there are certain features that separate the slow-worm from snakes, including the presence of eyelids and ear openings. The slow worm, also called blindworm, is in Danish called “stålorm”, meaning steel worm.

    Adults slow worms reach 40 to 45 cm (16 to 18 inches) in body length.
    The diet of the slowworm is made up of snails, slugs, earthworms, other soft-bodied invertebrates, and some vertebrates.
    The slow-worm is a completely harmless creature and will not bite – even when handed!

    Slow worm
    Slowworms are completely harmless.

    Able to lose the tail.
    A feature of slowworms (typical feature of lizards) is the shedding of the tail when captured. The shed tail falling to the ground and thrashing makes a very effective decoy to predators, whilst the slow-worm makes for cover.

    Sources: Arkive.org, inaturalist.org, NaturGuide.dk, herpetofauna.co.uk.

    More green stories...

    Introduction to the wild of Denmark

    The Wild About Denmark - in short. Nature and wildlife.Denmark occupies 43,094 square kilometers...

    Denmark to build wall to keep out wild boar

    Denmark is echoing Donald Trump and has said it will build a 70 km...

    Enjoy the Danish countryside

    Among small villages, fairy-tale castles and Viking history. Denmark’s countryside is heavy on the pastoral charm....

    - Advertise

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here