Gallery - Reptiles
Reptiles are a class of horny skinned vertebrates. In the U.K. we have three species of snake; The very rare Smooth, Grass, and Adder, Plus the three species of lizard; common, sand and slow worm. Although the slow worm looks like a snake,it is actually a legless lizard.
The UK`s only Venomous snake, generally found close to heathland. Feeds on small mammals and Lizards.
Colour variable, often greyish-green and sometimes with black spots.They also have a yellowish cream or orange collar. The Grass snake likes damp places, including river banks where it feeds largley on frogs and toads.
Up to 6.5cm,tail up to twice body length and relatively stout.Habitat it prefers is dense vegetation, heathland, sand dunes, bogs and moorland.
This species has a light underbelly and a dorsal stripe: males tend to be darker and colour and turn green during the mating season. Sand Lizards can reach up to 25cm in length.
Up to 50cm in total, over half being tail in complete specimens but difficult to see where body ends and tail begins becouse there are no legs. Tail very fragile and easily broken and hardly grows again. Very smoth and shiny.
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