The Slow Worm looks like a small snake but is actually a type of lizard without legs. It can shed its tail if attacked, leaving the predator with the wriggling end of its tail whilst the slow worm makes an escape!
Slow Worms are carnivores that feed mainly on slugs, worms and insects. They hibernate from October to March in damp warm places such as under leaves and they were probably transported here accidentally with animal feed whilst in hibernation. They are rare on Harris but are occasionally be seen in moorland areas.
Slow Worm (Photo: Laurie Campbell)
by Robin Reid