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    Posted: 17 May 2017 at 5:55am
Had a surprise visitor to my hedgehog feeding station last night, looks like a juvenile snake to me but what do I know! Anyone fancy an ID even though there are no colour details?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2017 at 6:39am
slowworm - hedgehog food!
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Originally posted by will will wrote:

slowworm - hedgehog food!

I did originally think slowworm due to the stumpy tale but it has been years since i saw one and i thought they were 'stockier' than this.

Don't fancy his chances much though, had at least 8 different hogs visit the feeder multiple times last night...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2017 at 5:03pm
def. slowworm - small head, shiny body, small eyes, rather stiff movements (admittedly on a shiny substrate) but a snake would be much more coiled up, sinuous, supple.  Looks like a young male, and they can be long and thin, and it does look like he's missing the tip of his tail which would be less likely in a snake (though of course could be lost in a snake due to injury rather than autotomy).

Maybe you haven't seen a slowwie for ages precisely because you've got hedgehog city in your gardenWink
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Great post 'Chubsta'!

Will's right of course - a struggling slow worm.


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fascinating! hope he's ok
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Originally posted by Tom Omlette Tom Omlette wrote:

fascinating! hope he's ok

Well, he hasn't been seen again...

Funnily though, i last saw evidence of a slowworm in the garden a couple of years ago when i found the half-eaten remains of quite a large one, i thought at the time that it must have been dropped by a crow or similar but now think it is more than likely to have been lunch for a hedgehog, I guess we will never know but given the hog numbers at the moment there is little chance of the two species not encountering each other here


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