Although it looks a bit like a snake, the slow worm is actually a legless lizard

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Protecting the slow worm

Slow worms are protected by law in Great Britain, meaning that they cannot be deliberately killed, injured or traded in any way.  Its numbers are thought to be in decline in the UK and it is a ‘Priority Species’ in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Photo (below) by Nick Goodrum.

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