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Neo slow worms

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Category: Herpetofauna Native to the UK
Forum Name: Slow Worm
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Topic: Neo slow worms
Posted By: Liz Heard
Subject: Neo slow worms
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2020 at 12:50pm
Hi all

In the past, timing-wise, my own occasional finds have generally matched the texts (including here - just checked) with "the little slivers of liquid metal", as Will puts it, being seen in Aug/Sept. This year though, i've been discovering tiny slow worms on and off since late spring (pic below from 24th April).

Since i only come across them now and then anyway, maybe i'm just overestimating how quickly they gain weight, the season is much more elastic than i appreciate or something, but they've seemed very small for animals born late summer/early autumn last year - even allowing for hibernation.
Any comments/thoughts folks???



Thanks
Ben



Replies:
Posted By: GemmaJF
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2020 at 2:30pm
Only that I have seen similar at various sites, another new question that is not answered in the literature!


Posted By: Suzy
Date Posted: 03 Jul 2020 at 2:20pm
I've had ones that look like they've been born this spring as well. Some of my adults looked a bit "thick round the waist" when they appeared after hibernation, so is that a sign of some young being carried over winter? Always something new to think about...

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Suz


Posted By: chubsta
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2020 at 9:57am
all I have seen under the covers recently is a couple of very small ones, I was presuming they were born very early this Spring, perhaps something to do with the very mild Winter?


Posted By: GemmaJF
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2020 at 5:28pm
Just in last few days been seeing well grown, but clearly juvenile slow worms, seem big for this years, but so many, tempted to think things moved along very quickly with the hot spring.



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