Today I found this hatchling slow worm (Anguis fragilis) on our patio. It can’t be very old because it’s less than 100mm in length, it’s strong evidence that the adult slow worms we see in the garden are breeding.
Young slow worms develop inside the female and when they are born they are enclosed in a thin membrane. They quickly break free from the membrane and are fully mobile.
The slow worm was very quick and it was difficult to get any close-up shots.
I scooped up the slow worm on a sheet of paper and carried it to safety further down the garden.