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    Posted: 20 Aug 2003 at 11:51pm

A description and images of the Slow-worm Anguis fragilis may be found at:

 

http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/slow_worm.htm

 

 Gemma Fairchild

 

 


 



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HI ALL IF IT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST  . IN THE LATE 1950s I FOUND A COMPLETE ALBINO SLOWORM  WHITE & PINK NO BROWN ON IT AT ALL WHICH I GAVE TO A HERPETOLOGIST OF THE DAY A MR GEO MALENOIR OF LEYTON IN ESSEX SADLY NOW GONE , WHO HAD A HUGE OUTSIDE VIVARIA IN WHICH SAND LIZARDS BRED AND WERE RELEASED BACK INTO PLACES LIKE FRENSHAM AND DORSET WITH HELP FROM ME ...BUT BACK TO THIS SLOWORM NEXT THING I KNEW IT WAS IN THE HANDS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM AND DISECTED NOT ON MY WISHES  AS BEING A TEENAGER THERE WAS A REPORT IN HE PAPERS AT THE TIME ,THAT MENTIONED THIS RARE CAPTURE WITH ME GIVEN CREDIT FOR IT. I CAUGHT IT AT BALDWINS HILL LOUGHTON  IN EPPING FOREST IN THE COUNTY OF ESSEX I AM KNOW DOWN LOADING SOME OF MY EXPERIENCES AS I KNOW US HERPETOLOGISTS LIKE TO KEEP RECORDS OF THESE THINGS THAT ARE LOST IN THE PAST AND READING ABOUT MR TONY PHELPS WHOM I HAVE ADMIRATION  FOR AS TO HIS ENDEAVOURS IN THIS FIELD I NOW KNOW I AM NO LONGER THE OLDEST CROC STALKING ABOUT T HEATHLAND. . KEITH  BENNETT

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About 20 Years ago now, in the village of Clutton, in Somerset, I caught a completely Black Skinned Slow Worm.  Whats more interesting is that the Slow Worm lived in the vicinity of a coal merchant yard.  Could it be that this slow worm had evolved this colour purely for camoflage?

P.s. No the slow worm was not covered in coal dust ;-)

P.p.s Have also seen Blue speckled grey ones (Her name was Biggums - she was very large, and quite old).

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