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    Posted: 23 May 2019 at 6:59pm
Only May and this pond's getting choked already. First time i've seen a slow worm in (or rather on) it though....

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Liz Heard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2019 at 6:27pm
More often than not you can tell by the markings yes, but perhaps the best way is by looking at the size and shape of the head - much longer and larger in the male.
Males tend to be more uniform in colour, usually greyish or silvery with a blue belly, whereas females are typically brown or bronze with dark flanks and often with a thin dorsal stripe. The belly is much darker too.
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Nice! Are the two different colours indicative of male and female, I know very little...

Quite a few here at the moment under the cover each time I look, usually about 6 of different sizes, including just a few inches, so very pleased.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Suzy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2019 at 11:09pm
Neat Ben!
We've had a few killed by cats here this week. Not sure they were caught in my garden, but the cats hang around here if I don't shoo them off. 
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It must be love....                         

Under this (herpy-themed) kiddies sand pit today....                                                                      

                                                                                                                   
       

... .were these two (plus a couple of last year's young)...                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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Another couple in the garden waste pile today, oddly I am only seeing them in the more sheltered part of the garden whereas the sheet which is in sunlight for most of the day hasn't given anything up at all yet.
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Lovely to see! Thanks for sharing chubsta 👍🏼
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Very nice Chubsta.

Though i've been scanning the ground and flipping likely-looking objects while i've been out and about, so far the only slow worms i've seen have been in the garden.
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Dim cooler days are often best for finding slowies under covers as they try to warm up.
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First one of the year for me - nor a particularly nice day, misty but still, temperatures around 12degrees.



Quite a handsome frog too - 


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