A while back Frome Area Wildlife Group (FAWG) who manage Rodden Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Frome were contacted by Michael Woods Associates, Ecological Constultants with a view to releasing some Slow Worms that needed to be moved due to a local development going ahead on the site where they are located at present.
The consultants did a survey at Rodden Reserve to ascertain whether there were already Slow Worms on site. It seems there weren't, so the release is going ahead.
Yesterday I met up with Georgie, the lady involved in the release to take some photos.
The following 4 photos are of a sub-adult.
These next 2 are of a young Slow Worm.To date, 20 have been released with hopefully many more in the next few weeks.
Slow Worms are in fact legless lizards, but are often mistaken for a snake and consequently killed although they are completely harmless. They hibernate underground from October to March. Mating takes place in April and May and from 6 to 12 young are born in August or September. Young Slow Worms take about 3 years to mature. They can live longer than any other lizards, one in captivity has reached it's fifties! That is very unlikely in the wild as they have many predetors including frogs, hedgehogs, adders, rats and kestrels.